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Like father, like son


It was fitting for Wakatipu High student Richard Wilson (right), 15, to win a cookery project’s final challenge at Crowne Plaza last week.

His dad Paul (left), 48, started a three-year cooking apprenticeship at the hotel, then known as Travelodge, 32 years ago.

Richard beat off 11 other Wakatipu High students aged 14-18 to win a level 3 cooking course at Otago Polytechnic, worth $12,000.

The six-week cookery project, organised by Summit Youth Workers, was run by local chefs and supported by local food suppliers.

Get fire-wise


Fire safety and awareness will be the hot topic in Arrowtown on Sunday.

The local volunteer fire brigade is holding an educational open day and invites the local community to get involved.

There’ll be fire hazard displays, firefighting equipment and information on show, plus a sausage sizzle and car boot sale to raise money for smoke alarm batteries.

The session runs from 12-3pm at the fire station.

Silky art


Works by some of NZ’s best textile artists will be displayed at the second annual Silk Road exhibition, opening tomorrow night in Queenstown Art Society’s Cloakroom Gallery.

About 50 pieces using a high content of silk thread, fabric or fibre have been created by more than 20 artists.

There’ll be examples of silk painting, weaving, knitting, quilting, embroidery and fabric collage, says local textile artist Sue Wademan, who’s curating the exhibition, which runs until October 17.

New blood wanted


The NZ Blood Service, which returns to Queenstown next week to collect blood to save people’s lives, is taking appointments at the Memorial Hall on Tuesday between 12.30-6.30pm and on Wednesday 7.30-10am.

Miss Piggy’s fundraiser


Breast Cancer Awareness Month launches in Queenstown at 7pm tonight with a women’s-only fundraiser upstairs at the Pig & Whistle pub.

Billed as “Miss Piggy’s Passion Party at the Pig”, it’s raising money and awareness for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Entry is by donation.

Kindy kindness


A mystery bottle auction raised more than $10,000 for Wakatipu Kindergarten to put towards a music room.

Local husband and wife realtors Richard Stringer and Lee van der Schuit auctioned 75 items.

The kindy last month celebrated its 20th birthday.

Medium with message


Psychic medium Sue Nicholson, fresh from shooting another series of Sensing Murder, kicks off her national tour next Wednesday with a show at Queenstown’s Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.

The tickets are available at $55 plus a booking fee.

Understanding ADHD


The impact of trauma and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder on children features at a one-day workshop next Wednesday.

The workshop, organised by the Queenstown branch of children’s agency Barnardos, will be presented by Wellington-based Nicola Atwool – a principal advisor for the Children’s Commissioner.

Social worker and psychotherapist Atwool, who has extensive experience in the impact of trauma and the social construction of childhood, will focus on understanding and intervention.

The course runs from 9.30am-4.30pm at the Copthorne Hotel. Tickets are $20.