WAO – Know your Money Workshop

26 Oct, 3:30 PM-6:00 PM

Money can be a force for good. However, a lot of the time knowing what to do with your money, let alone where it is going and what it is funding can be overwhelming.

This workshop focuses on money mindset, providing the foundations for values-aligned wealth creation, and the ‘know how’ for responsible investing.

For those who want a great quality of life, while also respecting the limits of our planet, this session will empower you to understand your relationship with money and align your investments with your values.

This event is part of the Wao Summit 2021, check out the full programme here.

Wānaka Food & Produce Weekly Market

Every Wednesday noon – 3:00 PM

You’ll find local food artisans and growers at the Wanaka Food & Produce Market in the car park of the Wanaka Recreation Centre.

There is a range of stallholders offering gourmet food for lunch or to take home, pies, sweet treats, fruit, spray-free vegetables, cheese, deli & gourmet products.

Gluten-free and healthy foods, plants and much much more.


Come and support Stallholders who are passionate about what they produce. Cash and EFTPOS welcome.

Halloween Disco

Get dressed up and get your BOO-gie on! The infamous Hawea Flat Hall Halloween Disco is back. This is an annual fundraiser to help support the Hawea Playgroup.

This afternoon event is designed for preschoolers but of course, older siblings are welcome. Hawea Playgroup will provide pizza as an early dinner for the kids which is included in your entry fee. $5 per child and $10 per family. Cash only.

3.30 pm – 5pm, Friday October 29th.

New Local Cookbook

Wanaka Primary School is excited to be hosting the launch of their 2021 cookbook      Bite – Mountain Munches, Lakeside Lunches and Everything in Between!

This has been a collaborative effort to raise funds for resources for the brand new “Maker Spaces” at Wanaka Primary School.

The beautifully presented, professionally photographed cookbook contains over 100 delicious, easy-to-make recipes contributed by friends and whanau of the Wanaka Primary School.

Celebrate the launch and enjoy a  glass of bubbles, live music and a sample of some of the delicious bites from the cookbook, in Pod 6 at Wanaka Primary on Friday 29th October between 5 pm and 7 pm. Cookbooks will be on sale for $45 each.

Supporting Grief

A koha workshop to help professionals and family members alike support those who are grieving, with Michael Hempseed the author of the book Being A True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Your Community.

Please register by emailing

9 am – 12 pm at St John’s rooms 4 Link way.

Oct 29th

Te Kakano Planting Drive and Nursery Sessions

Do you want to give back to nature and the local community, while learning about native plants? Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that needs your help!

Nursery volunteer days are open to all members of the public and are held every Tuesday & Wednesday 1 pm-4 pm throughout winter (unless it’s raining) and from October 1 – March 31: 9 am – 12

These sessions teach propagation/cultivation techniques, leading on to planting and nurturing of the young plants in the wild, and are guided by our Nursery Manager. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided for all our volunteers. Check out their website for driving directions and more info.

Calling all Artists and Crafters

A new Arts and Crafts group meets fortnightly on Thursdays at the Lake Hawea Community Centre, from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.

The focus is on meeting other keen artists & crafters – and sharing skills.
Bring your project along and work with others while enjoying their input and sharing your expertise.

The cost is $5 to cover refreshments and other expenses .



WAO Summit

All this week you can attend and be a part of an incredible collection of local events curated to educate, inspire and enable New Zealand communities to accelerate towards a carbon-zero, regenerative future and beyond.

From Waste-free Building and Indigenous Biodiversity workshops to talks on Circular Fashion and buying smarter. It is up to us to leave this planet in a better state than we found it – for future generations.

Visit to see the talks and workshops available throughout this 6-day summit.

Click here for a programme summary 

Community Networks

Free legal advice. COMMUNITY LAW are at the Wanaka Community Hub every month. Call Community Networks to make an appointment. 443 7799.

Struggle got real? Call or text 1737 if you need someone to chat to – totally free, totally confidential, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can talk about anything.

The New World Family 2 Family Foodbank Appeal has started. If you’d like to contribute to the Community Networks Foodbank, they are in particular need of canned veg, canned meat, lunchbox items, baby food, and pasta. Just pop into your local store, choose some items, and fill up a bag.

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.

WHEELS TO DUNSTAN is our community “door to door” shuttle service to Dunstan Hospital,  Alexandra specialist appointments, and links with the St John Health Shuttle to Dunedin Hospital. For bookings, please call Community Networks on 443 7799.

Watercolour Classes

Join Jo Jago at the Wanaka Arts Centre for a relaxed, weekly, Monday afternoon watercolour painting class (provided on a koha basis).

Feel free to join for just one afternoon or for as many afternoons as you like.

** PLEASE NOTE: Bookings via Eventbrite are ESSENTIAL as the classes are limited to small numbers

LOCATION – Wanaka Arts Centre (behind the Library / Bullock Bar / Wanaka Hotel), 13 Brownston Street, Wanaka

Wanaka House Tour

“Impressions Behind the Gate” – House Tour is your chance to view some of Wanaka’s exquisite houses.
Whether you’re interested in architecture, interior design, or just looking for ideas for your new home, the tour is sure to inspire you.
With local giftware stores and artisan stalls at houses along the way, this will also be an opportunity to start your Christmas shopping.
Bring your ticket to register for the tour, from 4 pm – 6 pm on Friday the 5th of November or 9 am – 11 am Saturday the 6th of November.
$15 from every ticket sold will go to Ronald McDonald House, along with a donation to local charity ‘Food for Love’.

Youth Volunteer Awards – Nominate

Do you know an 11 to 18-year-old from the Upper Clutha who has gone out of their way to do good, volunteer, or be a generally awesome person in the community? 

If so, make sure to nominate them for the upcoming Youth Volunteer Awards. 

The awards ceremony is being organised by the Upper Clutha Youth Council in liaison with Kahu Youth and will be held at Rippon Hall on November 30.

If you know someone that has done good in the community, nominate them here. There is no restriction on how many people a person can nominate.

Orienteering Event

Foot orienteering event at Hawea River.
Three courses available with something suitable for all. Beginners welcome – advice on hand. Beginners welcome – help on hand.
Email us at: for further info
One map for Adults/children
$20 / $10
Any number of maps for a family
Members of an affiliated orienteering club: half the above prices.

Bikevember DIY Sessions

Get Smart, Get BIKING! Be part of Wanaka’s cycling month this Bike-vember.
It’s about getting on your biking, giving it a go, sharing the love for cycling and moving more sustainably around Wanaka. Follow the GetSmart, Get Moving Facebook page for event details
JRA Bicycle Company are Wanaka’s local bike mechanics.
With loads of experience teaching people the basics of bike maintenance, the team will show you how to maintain a bike, and keep it running smoothly for many rides to come.

Sat, 6 November 2021

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Wanaka Community Workshop, 15 Gordon Road

Quality of Life in Wanaka

It’s time to have your say on life in our region for 2021. This is the fourth year the survey has been conducted and the data collected will help Council and public service providers, such as the Southern District Health Board, understand more about the issues and challenges facing our district.

The survey focuses on how residents feel about issues such as employment, housing, health services, the environment, transport, growth, and the effects of COVID-19.

To complete the survey, visit and click the link to the survey.

Andrew London Duo coming to Hāwea

Andrew London is a musician based on the Kapiti Coast near Wellington. He is most well known for playing in ‘Hot Club Sandwich’ a well-loved band who have played in the region many times over the last few years in both the Festival of Colour and in Hawea.

A songwriter, satirist and performer, Andrew now most often performs solo or duo with his wife Kirsten on bass, or with the Andrew London Trio.

Andrew’s songs explore social and political themes and although humour and satire is very much to the fore, poignancy and pathos are often not far away.

Andrew and Kirsten will be performing as the Andrew London Duo at the Hawea Community Centre on Saturday, November 13th.

Tickets go on sale online on the 23rd of October. Due to COVID restrictions, there are only 100 tickets available so be quick! Tickets cost $25 per person. Tickets only available online at

If the event has to be cancelled due to Covid Alert level changes then there will be a full refund.


Wanaka Toastmasters

Do you want to develop your public speaking skills?  Wanaka Toastmasters  provide a supportive and positive learning environment to develop your communication and leadership skills.
Your growth and self-confidence will flow into all areas of your life.

New guests are welcome any time. Meetings are every 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at St. John’s room, Link Way, 7.15 – 9pm.

Call in to see what it’s all about.  You can keep up to date with meetings on their Facebook Page @WanakaToastmasters.

Please see their Facebook page for further details.

St Ninians Art Exhibition

Art exhibition fundraiser, Signs of Hope, will take place at St Ninians Church in Hawea Flat, Friday 19 November 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Nibbles & Drinks provided.
Saturday 20 November 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Cake & Coffee/Tea provided, colouring in & face painting for the kids! (Sat only)

All profits from the event will be donated to the Hawea Community future playground fund

The event will host pieces created by artists from the Hāwea community, on display in the beautiful St Ninians Church. Not only will you have the opportunity to admire and purchase meaningful paintings, but you will also be contributing to the building of two future playgrounds in our Hāwea community.

Choir Carols

The Central Otago Regional Choir will perform well-loved songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, and delightful carols by John Rutter at a concert in Wanaka on Saturday,  November 20th at 7.30 pm at the Lake Wanaka Centre.

They’ll be joined by guest artists, soprano Rhiannon Cooper and pianist Abhinath Berry.

Tickets $25 from Paper Plus,  students free.

Monthly Meet up for Older Citizens

Wanaka St John and Age Concern are running a monthly opportunity for older citizens to meet up for lunch, companionship and some entertainment.

On the last Saturday of the month at St John Rooms, Link Way from 11am to 2.30pm.

Morning tea then an activity like bingo. Then some lunch and another activity – might be singing, painting or some such. A great opportunity to get out of the house for a break and a chat with others. The Outreach therapy pets have often come along for some entertainment too.

If you would like to attend please get in touch with Dell Taylor at St John – 021 1115 940 or Marie Roxburgh at Age Concern – 03 448 7075

Lakes District Floral Art Club

For those who appreciate the creativity of floral designs and wish to participate in learning more of this floral art form.

The club meets on the 4th Monday of the month, around midday. Locations vary throughout the Lakes District from Cromwell  to Queenstown and Wanaka .

For further information on their next club meeting contact Pamela McGeorge on 0272766461 or email .

Or find them on Facebook @ Lakes District Floral Art

Wellbeing Project Ukulele Class

Join teacher Gilly Pugh on how to play the ukulele. No need to own one with 7 ukuleles on hand to use. Relaxed and social classes are open to everyone.

Every Thursday at the Wanaka Community Hub between 2 and 3 pm.

Free of charge thanks to funding from Central Lakes Trust and Upper Clutha Community Arts Council.

For further information contact Vicki –

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

Collect your bread tags and they are reused to make beautiful whale tail earrings by Christchurch designer and environmentalist Michael Fox. You can buy the earrings at and a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Breadtags for Wheelchairs charity. This is then used to fund wheelchairs for those in need in South Africa.

 See for more info and like us on Facebook

You can drop off breadtags at Radio Wanaka, 9 Cliff Wilson St between 9 and 3 weekdays. Please sort by colour beforehand.

Men’s Shed for Hawea

Hawea locals are laying the ground work for a community shed of their very own, with a site in their sights and the goals of nuturing “Mateship” amongst men of all life stages and ages, as opposed to the retiree focus of the Wanaka facility.

The current focus is to build up the steering group, and put some plans in place around legalities, insurance and protection, which are all needed in order to secure a proposed venue in the township.

Long time local and project coordinator Errol Carr welcomes all who might be interested to reach out to him and continue to provide momentum to the steering group. To get involved in the Hawea Men’s Shed steering group, contact Errol on 

Bike Wanaka Memberships Open

Bike Wānaka membership for the 2021/22 season starts this month. Bike Wānaka has been in existence since the early 90’s and have a strong membership base and an active volunteer committee.

Membership fees are a major source of income for the club, enabling places like the Hāwea Bike Park to be developed. Members get access to great discounts, a newsletter with all of the latest information, and club days at the local parks.  The club’s priorities are:

  • Maintaining the existing track network and building new tracks
  • Holding a variety of events throughout the year
  • Ensuring Sticky Forest becomes a community asset
  • Access great discounts and deals for members
  • Advocacy for broader biking issues in Wanaka, such as an Active Transport Network
  • Development of riders and coaches in the region
  • Building strong relationships with other organisations – DOC, Lake Wanaka Tourism and Upper Clutha Tracks Trust.

Membership fees are $30 for an adult, $25 for a youth and $50 for a family.

Sign up at

Crankworx Hits Wanaka

Crankworx announce the addition of a Summer Series Festival in New Zealand. The multi-stop mountain biking festival will see international and local riders explore the varied terrain of Central Otago, Queenstown and Wānaka!

The series will kick off on November 27 and run through December 12.  Along for the ride are locals, up-and-coming youngsters, and some of the best in the world mixing, mingling, and dropping in.

  • Locations:  
    • November 27-28: Matangi Station Mountain Bike Park, Alexandra
    • December 4: Skyline Queenstown
    • December 4-5: Queenstown
    • December 9: Cardrona Alpine Resort
    • December 11-12: Bike Glendhu, Wānaka  
  • Disciplines/events:  
    • Alexandra: Super D
    • Queenstown: DH and Pump Track
    • Cardrona: Air DH
    • Wānaka: Dual Slalom
  • Race categories will include Pro, Amateur and CWNEXT.

Reading to Dogs

Reading to Dogs aims to help children improve their literacy, self-confidence and self-esteem within a non-judgmental, relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Sessions run 3.30 pm – 5 pm Mondays and Wednesdays during term time.

Book a 15-minute session with Linda and Hine, the wonderful reading to dog volunteers.

Suitable for school-aged children.

Book at Wanaka Library on (03) 442 0410 or email

Prime Timers

A great way for Wanaka’s older people to meet. Prime Timers is a community group that gets together on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2 pm at the Presbyterian Church Hall and travels around the Upper Clutha for a mystery trip and lunch on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Meetings in the Presbyterian Church Hall are welcoming, informative and often inspiring with a variety of local interesting speakers. Afternoon tea is provided and you can mix and mingle with your peers.

$20 for the year. Day trips are optional and are only $5 per trip,

Further information Helen Millar – 021 0431 054 or email


Free fundraising BBQ – Mitre 10 MEGA

Mitre 10 MEGA Wanaka has a brand new community BBQ available for fundraising purposes free of charge.

If you are fundraising for your school, club or community group then contact them to reserve your spot – o3 443 MEGA(6342) or email