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Off to see Wizard


KIDS can follow the yellow brick road to Queenstown’s Memorial Hall on October 9 to see children’s
favourite The Wizard of Oz Show being performed.

Children are encouraged to dress as their favourite Oz character for what’s touted as an interactive show from the Australian company, who have performed this much-loved musical more than 2000 times around the world.

Off to warmer climes


Dr John Cossens, boss of the Adventure Tourism Management programme at Queenstown Resort College, is heading to the United Arab Emirates.

Cossens will become a faculty member at Abu Dhabi Men’s College – he quits QRC at the end of the month after three years.

“I’ll be sad to leave but Abu Dhabi offers a great oppor­­­tunity for me and the family to travel and explore and experience a new culture,” he says. But Clyde-born Cossens doesn’t rule out returning.

“Most Queens­town folk know it draws you back and there’s still a lot of hunting and fishing to be done,” he says.

Computer graveyard


Queenstowners wanting to throw away old computers and cellphones can do so safely at Wakatipu Recycling Centre this weekend. Saturday is national eDay and organisers say about 95 per cent of materials in computers can be recycled.

People are invited to bring down desktop and laptop computers, faxes, scanners, networking equipment, keyboards, speakers, game consoles and mobile phones.

Data from hard drives should be removed first.

Battling for first break


Queenstown teen musicians are showing off their talent at the second annual Battle of the Musos beginning tomorrow night.

Eight bands face off in heats over the next two weeks at X-it Youth Centre, striving to become “Ultimate Muso 2009”.

The winning band or artist gets to play a warm-up set for a well-known act at Revolver and the winner of the best original song award gets studio time for a demo CD.

Tomorrow night’s bands are Intergalactic Disco Movement, Red and White, The Shed Next Door and solo artist Hertzog Burger.

Adults and youths welcome – doors open 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.