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There is anticipation and
excitement in the air this
week surrounding the
opening of Wayne Hill's
solo exhibition "Inland" at
Fusion Gallery and Studio
A culmination of Hill's
hard work, the exhibition
promises to push
boundaries and engage
the viewing public in
an array of driftwood
diverse wooden creations
He is also quite well
known for pushing the
boundaries of what is
But he is best known for
his controversial driftwood
sculptures that began to
sporadically pop up over
the course of some
months last year that
have engaged and
enraged Riverton locals.
Some saw the artwork as
beautiful gifts to the area and people, while
others found it offensive to the point of
However, the destruction of his work did not
mar Hill's passion to create, but pushed him
harder as the support for his creations far
outweighed the criticisms.
Hill has also decided to donate half of all
profits he makes from the exhibition to the
Christchurch Red Cross earthquake appeal.
"Inland" will open this Friday night (March
18) at 7.30pm at Fusion Gallery with an
artist's talk at 8pm. Refreshments will be
provided and all are welcome to attend. The
exhibition will run from March 19 until April
3, on Saturdays from 10am until 3pm and
Sundays from 11am until 2pm.
Hill will be in residence on March 20 and
26. The gallery is also planning to be open
on other days during the exhibition, people
interested may book an appointment by
calling 021 804 437.
Engaging, enraging artist
Wayne Hill, next artist in residence at Lumsden's Fusion Gallery and
creator of controversial artworks in the Rivterton estuary.
By Linda Jane Keegan
The fourth annual Gowan Hill Classic
mountain bike ride takes place on Saturday,
Organised by the Lions Club of Ohai-
Nightcaps, the race will be held on the
roads and tracks in the Ernslaw One forest
at Opio, Western Southland. The Gowan
Hill Classic is proving to be a popular
event among serious mountain bikers and
recreational riders from all over Southland
There are four courses - the "Sheep Wash"
fun ride ($10) at 8km and suitable for
ages 8 and up; the "Etal Stream" 16km
recreational ride ($20) suitable for ages 10
and up; the Gowan Hill Classic ($30) with
open and veteran (ages 40 plus) classes
at 25km including forest tracks and off-
road sections; and the Gowan Hill Ultimate
Challenge ($50) which also has open and
veteran classes on a 48km ride for serious
and experienced riders.
The 48km ride was first introduced in 2010
and riders from last year declared the
course a great challenge and a welcome
addition to the event.
A late fee of $10 applies for entries
received after March 20 and late entries
will be taken up to 15 minutes before race
briefing on the day, but will not qualify for
entry into the draw to win a bike. The total
prize pool is in excess of $5000 and there
will be spot prizes that all competitors will
be eligible to win on the day.
The day starts with registrations at
10.30am and ends with a barbecue at the
finish line from 1pm (free to competitors)
and prizegiving at about 3pm. Funds raised
will go towards the Takitimu District Pool.
For entry forms or more information go to
www.gowanhillclassic.co.nz or contact Rob
Turner on (03) 225-7603.
Cyclists gear up for the Gowan Hill Classic
The world's largest youth tour operator,
Contiki Holidays, is dropping Milford Sound
from its standard itinerary from October this
Operations manager Murray Scott
confirmed the change which he said was
made reluctantly because the 53-strong
groups would no longer be able to be
accommodated on Milford Sound overnight
cruises aboard the soon to be refurbished
Milford Wanderer. At present the tours only
spend up to an hour in Te Anau on the way
in to Milford and again on the way out. From
October Contiki passengers wanting to
visit Milford Sound would be able to do an
optional day trip from Queenstown as part
of a three-day stop there.
"It's certainly an iconic destination and one
that we're sorry to be pulling out of," Mr
Scott said. "We're certainly promoting it (the
day trip from Queenstown) though."
Real Journeys area manager Milford Sound
and Doubtful Sound operations Paul Norris
said the Wanderer would leave Milford
Sound at the end of April and its quad-
share bunk rooms would be refurbished
in twin-share style, reducing the overnight
capacity from 61 to 36 passengers. This
was in line with travellers'preferences.
Its sister vessels, the Milford Mariner
and Fiordland Navigator, already have a
combination of twin and double rooms.The
shared bathroom and toilet facilities on the
Wanderer would remain.
Mr Norris said Contiki had been a valued
client since the boat was launched in 1992,
bringing up to three
groups a week at the
height of summer.
Contiki drops Milford Sound from itinerary
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