Aspiring Conversations returns! After a six-year break, the Festival of Ideas & Kōrero is back in Wānaka from April 4th to 7th. With 14 events across three venues, featuring over 40 guest speakers, experts and artists, it’s time to spark curiosity and feed your soul. Book now at www.aspiringconversations.co.nz.
Takaro – Festival of Sport, Active Rec and Play
A celebration of sport, active recreation and play in the Upper Clutha. Takaro runs from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 March. Local clubs invite potential new members to come along and “Have a Go” or “Get Involved”. The “Have a Go” relates to clubs inviting new members to participate in a training or event. The “Get Involved” identifies that many clubs need more volunteers, and this is an opportunity for the public to get involved and give something back. All events are scheduled on a weeklong calendar so you can check that out and plan what you want to try.” For more information and the full calendar go to www.sportotago.co.nz
Wanaka Community Response Group
With higher temperatures, more intense storms and nearby fault lines that will eventually rupture and cause major earthquakes, Wānaka residents need to be prepared for a range of different emergencies and local authorities need to respond quickly and cohesively when they occur. To ensure that happens, the Wānaka Community Response Group (WCRG) was established last year by a group of concerned locals and they’re on the hunt for more members. The group comprises some 32 members (and growing), with eight of them forming the management committee. Their members represent a wide range of personal and professional skills and experience, and some have civil emergency training and experience. Anyone who is interested in getting involved and strengthening the community’s resilience can contact email@example.com
Registrations are now open for volunteers for New Zealand’s premier airshow – Warbirds Over Wanaka, Easter 2024. If you would like to meet new people, see some extraordinary flying displays, enjoy a free lunch and serve a very worthy cause then volunteering at Warbirds Over Wanaka could be for you. Head to the Warbirds Over Wanaka website home page, scroll down and click the volunteer link.
Monthly Meet up for Older Citizens
Last Saturday of each month
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, 4 Link Way, from 11 am to 2.30 pm.
Attendees can expect morning tea then an activity like bingo, followed by some lunch and another activity – might be singing, painting or some such.
This is 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
Hawea Moggie Squad
We seek are Fundraising Coordinator. This is a volunteer role. If you are a money-making mastermind please join us to help grow our fundraising program. This will support our care and rehoming of cats within our community. No grants applications unless you love doing them. Event helpers available. Email us to get started if this role sounds like you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanaka Park Run
Every Saturday from 7.50 am
Free, weekly, social, timed 5km runs, every Saturday. Starting and finishing at Wanaka Station Park.
Briefing begins at 7.50 am for an 8 am start – join us for a walk, jog or run, followed by coffee at Edgewater.
See www.parkrun.co.nz to register, if you are new to Park Run.
Ministry of Social Devlopment
Ministry of Social Devlopment are offering monthly consultations for NZ Superannuation Clients as part of the new Reconnecting Seniors Programme. To book a 20 minute appt to discuss your application for NZ Super, disability allowance or any other assistance contact Community Networks Link on 443 7799.
The Wanaka Croquet Club meet 9.15 on Wednesdays at 211 Warren Street for Golf Crouquet, New members and visitiors most welcome
Wanaka Charity Shops
Upper Clutha Hospice Shops
Open 11a Brownston Street Monday to Friday 10 to 5 Saturdays 10 to 2
Salvation Army Family Store
Open Unit 3 & 4, 10 Umbers Street Three Parks 9 to 5 Monday to Friday 9.30 to 4 Saturday
In Ballantyne Rd Open 9 to 5 seven days a week
Wanaka Lake Swimmers
Meet 8.30am at the Watersports Facility. All abilites welcome. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Meet on the lakefront McDougall St 9.30 Monday mornings. Make sure wear bring appropriate clothing and bring your lunch. More details wanakawalkers.blogspot.com
Wanaka Hawea Sunday Church Services
Wanaka New Life Church 10am 50 Reece Crescent
St Ninians Prebyterian Church 10am St Ninians Way Lake Hawea
Wanaka Prebyterian Church 10am 94 Tenby Street
St Columbas Anglican Church 1st / 3rd / 5th Sunday of the month, 9:30am. 2nd / 4th Sunday, 11:00am. Cnr Upton & McDougall Streets
Holy Family Catholic Church Aubrey Rd. 9am Mass on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday and 11am Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sunday
Wanaka Lions E Bike Group
The Wanaka Lions E Bike group get together on Sundays. For more details call Rob 021 185 6999
Wanaka Tennis Club
Visitors welcome at social tennis Mondays and Fridays 10-12, Saturday’s 1-4.Mens tennis 3-5.30 Thursdays. $10 fee for non-members Go to www.clubspark.kiwi/wanakatennisclub for details on how to book a court at other times and also all the different membership options – short and long term. Wanaka Tennis Club offers everything – 2 week memberships, 1 month, summer and winter and full year memberships.
Wanaka Garden Club
Wanaka Garden Club meets monthly. Everybody’s welcome including non members. Their meetings include local garden visits and regular sales tables. For more info on their meeting dates and activities please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakes District Floral Art Club
4th Monday of each month
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 Michelle Telfer 0272480718
Or find them on Facebook @ Lakes District Floral Art.
Thursday Artisans Market
Every Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm
This market is held between the Wanaka Speights Ale House and Bullock Creek. Visitors can enjoy seasonal artisan produce and regionally produced delights including locally-made arts and crafts, pastries, bread, fabric gifts, handcrafted wooden bowls, local wine, foraged nuts and much more.
St John Abulance
St John’s are on the look out for supporters, they also offer first aid training and first aid kits. To find out more visit the station at 4 Link Way Mon -Frid 9am-1pm or call 443 7076
Girls Who Run
5.45am Friday’s. Enquiries to facebook.com/girlswhorunwanaka
Helping rpoblem drinkers. 7.30pm Fridays Plumket Rooms 51 Ardmore Street
2nd & 4th Thursday of each month
Would you like 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 at St. John’s room, Link Way, 7.15 pm – 9 pm.
Call in to see what it’s all about or follow their Facebook page for further details.
Arts & Craft
Every 2nd Thursday
Wanaka Arts and Crafts group meet 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.
Wanaka Cubs and Scouts are looking for experienced or potential Leaders to join their group. This is a fun and rewarding volunteering role with loads of support and guidance. Cubs meet on a Thursday night 6-7.30pm. Term Time only. If you’re keen please message our Facebook or email: email@example.com
Digital Help Drop In Sessions Wanaka & Hawea Libraries
Do you need help with your digital devices? Bring your own phone, iPad, tablet, laptop – together with your questions or problems to either Hawea or Wanaka Library!!
You might need help turning off notifications, help using the library’s online e-books and audio-books, emailing, or anything digital related or technical. No question is too small or too big.
Drop In sessions are being held at the Hawea Library, 10:30 am – 12.00 noon every Tuesday or Wanaka Library every Thursday 4 – 5.30pm .
Lego Club Wanaka Library
The Lego Club meets on Tuesday 3.30-4.30 for 5-11 year olds
Reading for Dogs Wanaka Library
Aims to help children improve their literacy, self-confidence and self-esteem within a non-judgemental, relaxed and enjoyable environment.
Suitable for school-aged children, these sessions run 3.30 pm – 5 pm. Every Monday and Wednesday during Term Time
Book a 15-minute session with Linda and Hine, the wonderful reading to dog volunteers, at Wanaka Library on (03) 443 0410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawea Community Centre Wednesday 1.30-2.30. Adults only. $5 to cover hall hire
0-5 years 9.30am- 12.30pm Thursdays at the Wanaka Squash Club. All welcome
Cook & Connect
Cook and connect at the Community Networks/LINK Community Kitchen, held every other Friday at the Wanaka Community Hub. Everyone is welcome to attend and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people or learn some new skills in the kitchen – regardless of cooking ability! Spaces are limited so booking is essential – email email@example.com to register.
Are you aware of all the support and services on offer to the entire community at the Wanaka Community Hub?
- Free legal advice with COMMUNITY LAW at the Wanaka Community Hub every month. Call Community Networks to make an appointment. 443 7799.
- Call or text 1737 if you need someone to chat to, to support your mental health – 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 1-2 pm and Friday from 10:30-11:30 am. 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.
Check out their website communitynetworks.co.nz for everything from budgeting advice to assistance with government services.
Walk-ins welcome 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday. Community Networks is located at the Wanaka Community Hub, 34 McDougall Street