January 8, 2020

Community Networks

Event Date: June 10, 2020

“A beautiful place does not always mean a perfect life but having a good community can make a big difference” – The team at Community Networks Wanaka is here to help you. Please reach out and speak up if life gets tough. or 443 7799.  Your local resource hub for social well-being services.

JP SERVICES are available at Community Networks, Community Hub, McDougall Street,  every Tuesday from 1pm-2pm and Friday from 10:30-11:30am.  Please book your appointment by ringing Community Networks on 03 443 7799.

Community Networks is open  Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. Please reach out and come in to Community Networks Wanaka if you are needing support such as food parcels, referrals to counsellors, social workers, budget advisors, IRD, community law etc.. We are here to help – McDougall Street, Wanaka. or ph 443 7799 ❤️



June 19, 2020

Age Concern – Companionship programme

Event Date: June 21, 2020

Age Concern Otago are seeking volunteers for their companionship programme in Wanaka.

Volunteers befriend and visit elderly clients once a week helping with errands, craft activities, good conversations and generally supporting them through a healthy and fulfilling companionship.

If you can spare an hour or two a week to help brighten someones day please contact Marie at Age Concern on 03 448 7075 or contact Volunteering Central and they will put you in touch!

Thank you!

July 6, 2020

SPCA Snip ‘n’ chip

Event Date: July 10, 2020

The SPCA are helping you desex and microchip your pet.

Snip ‘n’ Chip your cat or dog for free in Central Otago. It’s a limited time offer available for Community services Cardholders.

Email SPCA today on to secure your spot!

July 7, 2020

Upper Clutha Lions – Host A Roast

Event Date: July 10, 2020

Locals are encouraged to host a meal for whanau, friends, neighbours and colleagues in support of Ronald McDonald House South Island.

Upper Clutha Lions have kicked off the campaign with a $1000 donation and ask other members of the community to contribute to this worthy cause.

It’s simple – all you have to do sometime this month is to invite your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to your place for a roast or other meal and ask everyone to make a minimum $20 donation. While its called ‘Host a Roast’ you can host anything – a morning tea, lunch, picnic, kids cook for the parents, mystery dinner! Its all about celebrating the precious moments with family and friends.

To register for Host a Roast or get more information visit

July 13, 2020

Sewing Superstars wanted

Event Date: July 14, 2020

The Wānaka Waste Free Fair 2020 is upon us and Plastic Free Wanaka are seeking sewers who are keen to take home some produce bags kits and sew them up in time for 18th July. It’s a simple pattern …

If you think you can help, they have kits of 10 bags ready for pick up at the Wanaka Wastebusters counter. Otherwise email them at and they can arrange to get a kit to you.

Thanks in advance! 🙏

May 5, 2020

Wanaka Artisan Market

Event Date: July 16, 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!

July 12, 2020

Aspiring Gym Sports Holiday Program

Event Date: July 17, 2020

Aspiring Gymsports Holiday Program  for boys and girls aged 5 – 11 years.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8.45-3.15   $40

or half day 8.45-11.45  or  12.15-3.15       $25

Wednesday- afternoon session only

Come along and enjoy the use of all of our equipment- trapeze, silks and hoop, beam, bars, tumble track, mini and double mini trampoline. Games, races, activities- Earn your Gym Jumpers certificate on the trampoline or try your hand at Kiwi gym fun- tower building and hide n seek- plenty of fun for everyone.

Book by registering your child on Aspiring Gymsports webpage and then select Holiday Program Welcome to Aspiring Gymsports

Mini Muscles classes on this week on Friday and Saturday- Full timetable on their face book page Aspiring Gymsports or Mini Muscles.

June 17, 2020

Free Dog Training Classes

Event Date: July 18, 2020

QLDC are hosting FREE dog training classes on Saturday 18 July from 11.30am at Wanaka Dog Pound on Ballantyne Road, with qualified dog behaviourists Flip from Remarkable Dogs and Leone from Dogs Zone.

They’ll be on site to help your pooch touch up on their training. These classes are aimed at older dogs who still want to learn new tricks.

Bookings are required, so please express your interest be emailing with your name, your pooch’s name, your phone number and address.

June 24, 2020

Waste Free Fair 2020

Event Date: July 18, 2020

The Waste Free Fair is back!

Join co-hosts Wastebusters and Plastic Free Wanaka for an afternoon of inspiration and zero waste goodness. There’s something for everyone who wants to cut plastic waste out of their lives.

As well as a variety of waste free products for sale, there will be demonstrations, prizes, kid’s activities, yummy food, and a guide to waste free local shopping to help you reduce your plastic consumption. Talk to vendors and zero waste practitioners about ways to upcycle, reuse and reduce our waste.

You can also sign up for Plastic Free July, it’s not too late!

Saturday July 18th 1 till 4pm at Lake Wanaka Centre.

July 6, 2020

Wanaka Park Run

Event Date: July 18, 2020

Weekly free timed, 5km runs. Starting and finishing at Wanaka Station Park, briefing at 8:55am for a 9am start – join us for a walk, jog or run, followed by coffee at Edgewater.

See to register if you are new to parkrun.

June 10, 2020

Wanaka Library

Event Date: July 24, 2020

Regular events and children’s programming at Wanaka and Hawea library during term time:-

  • Wriggle & Rhyme – at Hawea Monday 10 to 10.30am, and Wanaka Tuesday  10.30 to 11 am
  • Pre School Storytime – Wanaka on Wednesday at 10 to 11am
  • Reading to Dogs – Wanaka Monday and Wednesday 3.30 to 5pm
  • Lego Club – Wanaka Tuesday 3.30 to 4.30pm

You can also 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.

July 14, 2020

Family Disco – Hawea Playgroup Fundraiser

Event Date: July 24, 2020

Come along for some disco fun for the whole family.

Dress in Fluro or glow in the dark gear if you have it! DJ Blue Boo and TC cat will be on the D-Floor plus pizza 🍕 , cookies 🍪 and hot ☕️ cocoa from 4:30!

Friday 24 July from 3:30-5:30 at the Hawea Flat Hall!

For youg locals and their families. All ages welcome!

July 15, 2020

Kahu Youth’s Mataraki Celebrations

Event Date: July 25, 2020

Celebrate Matariki – Maori new Year with Kahu Youth’s fantastic annual celebration on the lakefront on Saturday July 25th 2.30 to 6pm.

This year is going to be HUGE with workshops, cultural and community performances, a community hangi by donation, a mind-blowing fire show, two huge bonfires on the beach and a spectacular fireworks display. Best of all? Everything is run by members of our fantastic community, for our community.  The bonfire gets lit after the kai is served with the fantastic fireworks to finish

Matariki is the Maori new year, a time to come together, cast away old problems and move ahead with a fresh outlook on life.

THANK YOU to all of the amazing volunteers, schools and community organisations that help out, and to the major sponsors – Queenstown Lakes District Council, Radio Wanaka, Creative Communities and the Mediterranean Market plus all the wonderful local people and businesses who donate and put their time, love and energy into making this happen.

Bring a koha for the hangi and we’ll see you all there!♥

June 23, 2020

The Daylight Atheist

Event Date: July 26, 2020

The Lake Hawea Community Centre is proud to present another fabulous Arts on Tour production starring Michael Hurst, one of New Zealand’s foremost actors.

“The Daylight Atheist” is written by award-winning satirical cartoonist Tom Scott, and  Michael Hurst delivers a not-to-be-missed repertoire experience.

Ageing Irish raconteur Danny Moffat retreats from the harsh light of the world to his bedroom. There, under hoardings of old newspapers and beer bottles, he sorts through a lifetime of memories and regrets, from growing up as a boy in Ireland, to the hopes and disappointments of immigration to New Zealand.

With comedy, pathos and charm “The Daylight Atheist” probes at the broken heart of a family, and draws the audience into the truth of a profoundly tragic figure who rejects any need for tenderness or normal human intimacy.

Tom Scott’s wonderfully inventive and fiercely funny play is a stirring portrait of his father, a deeply flawed yet charismatic bloke.

Has its audience roaring with laughter” – The Age, Melbourne

“The writing sparkles with wit…” “… Michael Hurst nails the part with a bravado display” ~ NZ Herald

Sunday 26 July at 7pm at Lake Hawea Community Centre.
Tickets are available at Hawea Store & Kitchen, OCD Café at Wanaka Medical Centre and Door sales (cash only). Tickets are $25 adults and $10 children


July 8, 2020

Hawea Playgroup AGM

Event Date: July 29, 2020

AGM for Hawea Playgroup at the playgroup on Wednesday the 29th of July at 7:30pm.

No commitment required, but if you are looking for a way to give back, this is a great opportunity to come along and be a part of the fantastic group of people that keep playgroup running. There are some pretty special and talented people involved and they are super keen to see what other skills are out there.

They are also seeking a new chairperson  as well as some new committee members to help inspire and support the existing committee.

If you have interest in being a part of the Playgroup Family, please get in touch

July 15, 2020

Max Rashbrooke – Reset conversation

Event Date: July 29, 2020

2020 is turning out to be the reset year of the century. In a world of rising inequalities, effects of climate change, distrust in the political class and process, and now the impacts of COVID-19, how we govern and shape decisions is more than ever on the agenda.

Join ONE New Zealand and Max Rashbrooke – author, journalist and academic – in the first of the RESET CONVERSATIONS discussing the next steps to move from a representative to a more participative democratic system. How can we directly shape policy at the local level and use this time as an opportunity for a total reset for the better?

Hosted by ONE NZ in partnership with LINK Upper Clutha, Ignite Wānaka and Shaping Our Future.

Wednesday 29th July  7 – 8.30pm at Wanaka Community Hub, McDougall Street. Wanaka. Tickets from

July 1, 2020

Nordic Sports Club

Event Date: July 30, 2020

Waiorau Nordic Sports Club  members meet at Pembroke wines on Wednesday 30th July at 5pm to 6:30 ish .

If you’re not a club member but want to know more about Nordic skiing then pop along to chat to club members.

Need more info phone 021766910

July 5, 2020

Mindfulness and Compassion Weekend in Wanaka

Event Date: July 31, 2020

Geshe Tharchin, resident teacher at Chandrakirti Meditation Center in Upper Moutere will visit Wanaka at the end of this month. He will offer two sessions:

Friday 31st July, 6.30-8pm, Wanaka Community Hub
The New Normal is Great Compassion.

Join Geshe-La for a guided meditation and talk on how great compassion can help us thrive and live a joyful life in times of uncertainty.

Sunday 2nd August, 10am-4.30pm
Mindfulness of Compassion Workshop

Mindfulness and Compassion allows us to discover the energy of a focused and relaxed mind, bringing peace and calm to mind and body.

For more information and bookings please contact Barbara via email, or call/text 027 339 8280


July 14, 2020

Dying to Talk

Event Date: August 11, 2020

If there’s one subject we never want to talk about it’s Death!! Have you ever had an open conversation about death? Dying to talk are monthly conversations about life’s toughest topic.

These discussions are open, respectful and inclusive of all beliefs and ideas. This is an opportunity to share or ask questions about how we can overcome fear by preparing for death, how we can help someone who is dying or how we can live fully now knowing that we will die! All topics are welcome for us to learn from and explore together.

Su Hoskin and Liz Maluschnig facilitate these conversations and we invite you to join us for cake and tea.

Wanaka Community Hub, Tuesday August 11th 7 to 8pm.  Also September 7th and October 12th.

July 1, 2020

Wanaka Swaps

Event Date: August 15, 2020

Wanaka Swaps at the Lake Wanaka Centre’s Armstrong Room on August 15 & 16th from 10-4pm.

The event is a Women’s and Children’s clothing swap. Entry is $5 with a donation of clothing, or $10 without. All money raised will go towards a local charity that event attendees will vote for.

There will also be a fundraising raffle in conjunction with the swap.

More information on instagram or Facebook under Wanaka Swaps, and message bia their Facebook page for more information on where to drop off clothing.