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The Dunstan Arm Rowing club are inviting entries for the 2014 AWS Legal Corporate Quads Rowing Challenge.
Training will commence the week of 1st September. Crews of 4 will train weekly under the guidance of skilled and knowledgeable local coaches. Whether you are a complete beginner or participated in last years AWS Legal Quads Rowing Challenge theres is a place for your team.
Over the course of 12 lessons (weather permitting) during September and October, crews will learn boat handling skills and develop rowing and racing technique.
All gear and equipment will be provided and all the rowers need to do is participate in their coaching sessions and show up on race day.
We recommend that teams are made up of 6 individuals to allow for 4 people in the boat at any one time plus a couple of reserves. All teams are to be signed up by the 31st of July.
View the AWS Legal Corporate Quads Rowing Challenge Information Sheet
The Central Otago town of Alexandra shines in spring weather with blossom-lined streets and orchards in full bloom.
The Alexandra Blossom Festival is three weeks of fun and entertainment with events like the Race Around the Clock — adrenalin-charged competitors run, swim, kayak, ride horses or pedal mountain bikes to conquer the steep terrain and icy river which makes up the course to Alexandra’s unique, illuminated clock on the hill.
The festival includes other local highlights such as The Grand Procession — complete with strikingly decorated floats and Float Princesses who each vie for the title of Festival Queen and the Mardi Gras, Party in the Park, "Thunder" Sunday (drag racing), Garden Tours and the Wool On Fashion Event (a fashion and design competition that encourages the creative use of the high quality wool produced in Central Otago.)
Many other associated events, activities and exhibits take place around Alexandra during the Festival, so gather your friends and family together and be part of this wonderful spring celebration.
Lizzie Carruthers draws on her farming background, bringing wit and playfulness to her art showing her subjects in a new and joyful light.
Having worked closely with animals and pets all her farming career Carruthers paints the unexpected personalities of these animals through her ability to capture their fleeting expressions.
What sets Carruthers apart from other painters is the accessibility, humour and joy in her works.
The small scale and deftly worked paint creates intense gem-like works resulting in the ‘sitter’ projecting their personality into the room more than might be expected from such small paintings.
Carruthers playful and sometimes edgy sense of humour reinforces these ideas through witty and topical titles.
The Linger and Die XC course is approx 30km and includes luscious single track, tasty four wheel drive trails all peppered with rocks and gravel (bring your own salt). Fast guys take approx two hours to complete this course. Trails are similar to previous courses. Marshalls are cunningly placed to assist where/if required!
More details on this years race to be announced.
WoolOn is the gala event of the Alexandra Blossom Festival-a celebration of creativity and design that is held over two nights October.
New Zealand and international designers compete for the supreme award presented at a gala fashion and entertainment showcase that celebrates wool as a fashion fabric. The Dunstan High school gymnasium is transformed into top class venue where guests are entertained and enthralled with exciting designs in a variety of classes. From felted accessories to glamorous gowns, models parade the examples of designers whose flair and passion for fashion are one of the highlights of the Festival.
2014 dates - Friday 10th and Saturday 11th October 2014.
Entry Details are available on the Blossom Festival Website
The draft strategy ‘Towards Better Outcomes for Central Otago’ is now available and the Central Otago Tourism Working Group is asking for feedback from you.
The strategy has been developed based on outcomes from a tourism operator surveys, inbound operator surveys as well as focus group workshops held in 2013.
If you have any comments on what is proposed in the strategy or would like to add or delete anything from the draft document please complete the submission form at the rear of the document.
The Working Group would also like to know whether you think the priorities (as set out in the Recommendations on page 5) for growing and developing tourism within Central Otago are accurate.
The last page of the document contains a submission form.
All submissions received will be considered by the Central Otago Tourism Working Group for inclusion in the final ‘Towards Better Tourism Outcomes for Central Otago’ report.
Your submission can be e-mailed to email@example.com or posted, or dropped off at any Council office.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 11th July 2014.
We look forward to hearing from you.
View the Draft Tourism Strategy - Towards Better Outcomes for Central Otago (PDF)
Tourism Central Otago and local Central Otago businesses Bike It Now, Clutha River Cruises and Highlands Motorsport park hosted Auckland journalist Sarah Lawrence and her teenage son Jack for an exciting weekend on the Roxburgh Gorge trail and a visit to Highlands Motorsport park.
You can read about Sarah's experience on the NZ herald website; http://www.nzherald.co.nz/otago/news/article.cfm?l_id=141&objectid=11215856
Discover vivid seasons and rocky, mountainous landscapes; friendly townships; a well-preserved gold heritage; award-winning wineries, recreational opportunities from fishing, mountain biking and the Central Otago Rail Trail to winter sports like curling and ice skating; and so much more...
The relaxed pace, unrivalled scenery of Central Otago, seasonal weather, space, solitude and wide range of recreational opportunities go hand-in-hand with quality housing, facilities and organisations, commercial centres, and communities that value their lifestyles and plan for the future.
Central Otago's lively, growing and diverse economy welcomes skilled people and new businesses; and it supports the excellence of existing commercial sectors such as film, food, gold mining, agriculture, horticulture, power generation, viticulture, tourism, services and retail.