January 8, 2020

Community Networks

Event Date: September 28, 2020

  • Extended hours for the Foodbank. Would a food parcel help? – a food parcel might help ease the financial burden. Any of us can go through a rough patch when it’s hard to find enough to pay rent, the mortgage, or power bills. Please feel free to come into Community Networks (at the Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street)  to see how we can help.  You are also welcome to give us a call on 443 7799. We all need a helping hand at times. Extended hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 6pm and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 – 9am.
  • WHEELS TO DUNSTAN is a community “door to door” shuttle service available Monday to Friday to Dunstan Hospital or Alexandra specialist appointments, also linking with the St john Health Shuttle to Dunedin Hospital.  For bookings please call Community Networks on 443 7799.
  • JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks every Tuesday from 1-2pm and Friday from 10:30-11:30am.  Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks on 443 7799

Community Networks – you one stop hub for social wellbeing services.

June 10, 2020

Wanaka Library

Event Date: October 12, 2020

Regular events and children’s programming at Wanaka library during term time.

Bookings:  or phone 443 0410

Reading to Dogs – Monday & Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5pm.  For primary school aged children. Book in your 15 minute space by contacting the library.

Wriggle & Rhyme – Monday 10am at Hawea and Wanaka Tuesday 10:30am  Music and movement for 0-2 yrs

Lego Club – Tuesday 3.30pm  Lego Club for school aged children. Bookings required.

Storytime & Craft – Monday 10.30am Hawea and Wanaka Wednesday 10am. A fun & engaging storytelling session followed by easy crafts for little hands. For preschool children.

Social English Conversation Group – Thursday’s fortnightly from 5-6:30pm. Join in the conversation and practice your English and meet others on the same journey.

Time Capsule Project – Lockdown Stories
The Friends of the Wanaka Library are seeking participants for their Lockdown Stories Time Capsule Project.
Are you interested?
If you would like to share your lockdown experience come to Wānaka Library Thursday mornings from 9-10:30AM to be interviewed, no booking required.
All welcome.
For more information contact:

Head to their website to find out lots of great information about all the libraries and what’s on offer, plus blogs for recommended reading. They’ve got new books coming into our libraries daily and digital services continue to be updated with new titles for you to enjoy anytime 24/7.

October 2, 2020

WAO- Reset Summit

Event Date: October 27, 2020

Six days of talks, workshops and activities not to be missed! Join our local and national experts to educate, enable and inspire grassroots action towards the new normal – a carbon zero, thriving and regenerative future.

Workshops, talks and activities running October 27th to November 1st.

More information at and tickets at

October 6, 2020

Nigel Latta – Resilience

Event Date: October 28, 2020

You could say 2020 has been a tough year. Bring on 2021.

Building resilience is key to getting through. Take some time out and join the Central Lakes Trust Resilience Tour through Central Lakes. Coming to Lake Hawea Community Centre Wednesday 28th Occtber at 7.30pm

Limited numbers, first come first served. Registration at

Gold goin koha donation at the event please.

May 5, 2020

Wanaka Artisan Market

Event Date: October 29, 2020

Back at Bullock Creek on Thursday’s  from 2-6pm .  A great time to love Wanaka and support local
There will be measures in place to keep you safe, and still bring you the local produce, crafts, art & faces you know and love!

October 20, 2020

Women’s Health Bus Hawea

Event Date: October 29, 2020

The Woman’s Health Bus (otherwise known as ‘Betty’) is a mobile health service providing a range of woman’s health services ranging from the basic (e.g. contraception) to specialist management of complex woman’s health problems (e.g. management of abnormal cervical smear results).

The Bus is run by gynecologist Dr Helen Paterson, registered nurse Alice Van Ziel and nurse practitioner Emma Macfarlane.

They aim to provide high quality, friendly care to rural women so that they don’t have to travel to a larger centre. While they do not currently receive public funding, they are a ‘not-for-profit’, social enterprise and can be flexible with how they charge for services if they have received donations to help cover costs. ‘Betty’ will be at the Hawea Community Centre (28 Myra St) on Thursday the 29th of October between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. They welcome you to pop by and have a look through the Bus. If you are interested in their services please check out their website

October 1, 2020

Hawea Playgroup Halloween disco

Event Date: October 30, 2020

Come and have some spooky Halloween fun at the Hawea Playgroup Halloween Disco – Friday October 30th 3.30 to 5pm

Costumes, pizza, treats and DJ Bluboo.

Preschoolers and their families welcome.

Koha appreciated

October 15, 2020

Portrait of Your Favourite Pet

Event Date: October 30, 2020

Christmas is coming and now is your chance to get some of those hard-to-buy for loved ones sorted! will create a stunning portrait of your favourite pet dressed in beautiful regal attire, or for the space-lovers out there, an astronaut. Simply submit a photo of your pet, choose the outfit, and order online. Prices start from $40 and postage is free.

$5 from every purchase goes to Cat Rescue Wanaka. Orders must be in by October 30th.

Order online at

October 21, 2020

Volunteer Engagement workshop

Event Date: October 30, 2020

Whether you’re considering setting up a volunteer programme or are involved in an existing one, join Volunteer South – Central Lakes to ensure you get the basics right and are working towards best practice when engaging with your volunteers.

Kirsty and Gillian will provide you with practical tips and resources to improve your engagement with volunteers

When:      Friday 30th October 10am until 2pm, light lunch included.

Where:    Alexandra Community House, 14-20 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra.

Cost:       $45 + GST

Contact Volunteer South – Central Lakes for full details and to register. 027 506 5705

October 22, 2020

Lost locks and a tattooed tush

Event Date: October 30, 2020

New World Three Parks have joined with Four Square Wanaka and Albert Town to help get sponsorship for Evie Sinclair who is generously cutting her hair and donating her ponytail to raise sponsorship for Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer research.

Along with Evie, Wayne Pretty is getting a tattoo on his bottom and Blayne Wegener shaving his head.  To make it worth their while they need your support.

Sponsorships can be made at our two Four Square stores and at New World Three Parks or sign up at

July 6, 2020

Wanaka Park Run

Event Date: October 31, 2020

Weekly free timed, 5km runs. Starting and finishing at Wanaka Station Park, briefing at 7:55am for a 8am start – join us for a walk, jog or run, followed by coffee at Edgewater.

See to register if you are new to parkrun.


October 12, 2020

Upper Clutha Rugby Club AGM

Event Date: November 3, 2020

All Life members, club affiliates and sponsors are welcome to attend the 2020 AGM Tuesday 3rd November 7pm at the Club Rooms.

Agenda will be mailed out before AGM and made available on the Rams Facebook page.

The Coach/Managers position is also open and has a return date for applications of October 28th.
Details or expressions of interest to be sent to the following club members who will follow up with an application pack
Richard Pledger  021771922 or
Nathan Simon  021632244 or
Gary Read 021416175 or

September 9, 2020

Brick Show – Lake Hawea

Event Date: November 14, 2020

Brick Show for Lego fans in Central Otago.

The biggest show to be held in this area of the world! Schools have been informed so it is time for the kids to start building for the Brick Show competitions!

Lego displays, Lego playpit, Kids model display competition and much much more.

Make a date – November 14th and 15th 10am until 5pm at the Lake Hawea Community Centre

$5 per adult and school children free when entering with an accompanying adult. Tickets on sale now at Eventfinda. 

October 20, 2020

Central Otago Regional Choir – Bring Back the Music

Event Date: November 14, 2020

The Central Otago Regional Choir will present stunning arrangements of many all time favourite songs in their “Bring Back the Music” concert at the Lake Wanaka Centre, 98 Ardmore St, on Saturday, November 14 at 7.30pm.

Special guests Sydney Manowitz and Donald Cullington will also perform a variety of works for violin and piano.

Door sales $25, school students free.

October 21, 2020

Death Cafe

Event Date: November 25, 2020

Please join Su Hoskin and Liz Maluschnig for morning tea at Cinema Paradiso as they offer a space for open, respectful, confidential conversations about death & dying.

They will meet on Wednesday 25th November 10am at Cinema Paradiso café. Please join the group on for more information and to sign up. This is a free event sponsored by the Canlive Trust.

September 23, 2020

Produce A Patch

Event Date: November 30, 2020

The Wanaka A & P Show has a new competition – Produce A Patch. It’s a new veggie growing competition open to local families, avid green thumbs, or new veggie growers.

Veggie patches can be up to 3 square metres, in ground or raised. It will need to be full of healthy plants and may include flowers. You can enter one of two classes: family or open.

The A & P show will run workshops throughout the competition helping you grow the ultimate veggie garden . The next one is at Wanaka Mitre 10 on Monday November 30th.

Enter Produce A Patch online now at

September 23, 2020

The Runway: Art You Wear

Event Date: December 1, 2020

The Wanaka A & P show presents ‘The Runway, Art You Wear’, this is a wearable arts fashion show  offering an opportunity for you to design something sustainable from recycled materials.

Categories include Agriculture, Central Otago, and Bizarre Bra’s. Let your imagination run wild.

The overall winner will receive $500 cash plus a weekend package at Milbrook Resort sponsored by Hook Restaurant.

Entries close Tuesday Dec 1st with judging on the 12th & 13th of March.

For more information and to enter go to

August 5, 2020

Alpha Challenge

Event Date: December 12, 2020

Save the Date – Alpha Challenge Event, December 12th at Dublin Bay.

A whole range of obstacle courses and challenges with some running thrown in! From rope climbs to monkey bars, bucket carry to walls, and a few surprises the Alpha Challenge won’t be short of entertainment. 10km, 5km and kids options.

Whether you are out to race, or there to hang out with friends for a challenge and some fun this event is for you.

Live music, food and drinks, tents for groups and corporates! Challenge, fun, friends and family!

Tickets on sale shortly – go to Alpha Challenge website  to register your interest as there are limited numbers.

All funds raised for Community Networks Wanaka.