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Spring into connection with LINK Upper Clutha, inspiring the new season with ideas for neighbourhood activities. Rescheduled from March, this session on Sept. 25, 12-130pm focuses on community-building activities like:

· Community gardens – Ben Elms (aka Dr. Compost) explains this great opportunity to pool resources, bring neighbours together, learn about gardening, and share the harvest.

· Hawea Sharing Shed – this informal hub of give and take is thriving – come hear how it started and how you could try one too.

· Neighbourhood associations – Albert Town Community Association’s Nathan Weathington shares how they are connecting in new and different ways with a variety of ages

· Lilliput Libraries – chances are you’ve seen pictures of one, how about starting this book swap in your own hood?? Local Lions will share about their recent success in this space.

· Youth activities – would you like to engage your young people in safe, fun activities close by? Sarah Millwater will discuss the latest from Hawea.

· Repair Café – imagine fix-it expertise available for free – get your bike, lawnmower, phone etc fixed by local volunteers! Wanaka Wastebusters is hosting their first on September 19 and will tell their story – would you like to get involved?

Join us Friday, September 25, 12-130pm at the Wanaka Community Hub.  A mix of information-sharing and informal networking, LINK Connection Cafes are a chance to meet others, get inspired, and get advice on turning ideas into action. Lunch is provided and all are welcome to this free event, please email to register; required under Level 2 restrictions.

Repair Café

Fixers wanted to join the Repair Revolution!

Wastebusters are running a series of repair events as part of our Repair Revolution and we’re looking for fixers and volunteers of all kinds!

If you, or anyone you know, enjoys repairing things and sharing your know-how, we invite you to join us as a volunteer fixer.

Your repair skills in fixing household items such as computers, electronics, small appliances, furniture, clothes, jewellery, books, bikes, instruments, skis and more, are all welcome.

If you’re interested, please complete this form and we'll be in touch:

Volunteer expression of interest form

If you have questions you can email or there is more information on the Wastebusters website here.

We welcome professional repairers as volunteers. Wastebusters will collect information about professional repair services and use it after the event to help our community find repairers and to build a local culture of repair.

Please share this with any handy friends or family you think would be interested.

Event dates and venues

1. Wanaka Saturday 19 September, Wanaka Presbyterian Church

2. Hawea Sunday 18 October, Hawea Community Centre

3. Alexandra Sunday 15 November, Alexandra Community House

4. Queenstown Saturday 28 November, Queenstown Events Centre

"Politics 101"

September 14, 6pm Federal Diner

There's a new group of bright young things in town -- Generation WAO -- aiming to educate, engage, inspire and provide a voice for the younger generation of Aotearoa, powered by WAO (formerly ONE New Zealand).  "Politics 101" is their first event -- basic info on our political system, open to anyone of any age!  Here's what they say about it:

"Don’t know s**t about politics? Neither do we. Our first event, Politics 101 is a great starting point for all young people, especially those voting for the first time. Kiwis aged 18-29 have the lowest voting turnout of all. Maybe it’s because we don’t feel engaged in the voting system, doesn’t feel relevant to us, or we don’t know how to go about it. We hope to get past this and provide some understanding and meaning around voting. We have local experts joining us to explain everything you need to know about voting in Aotearoa. This event aims to be as unbiased as possible, just a chance to understand the elections better and get chatting about it over a beer."

LINK is supporting this event as part of our youth engagement work -- great to see young people interested in how they can shape the future!

REGISTER by emailing -- numbers limited under Level 2 restrictions.

LoveWanaka presents Toi, a creative sector celebration!

A group of creatively-minded individuals, businesses, and community groups have come together with the goal of uplifting Wanaka’s creative sector and enhancing the Upper Clutha’s cultural wellbeing. This sector includes design, architecture, music, performance, fashion, floral, visual art, etc.

Toi will be a celebration of creativity, design and excellence for locals and visitors who love the arts and will feature two days of workshops, exhibitions, events and performance on October 17 & 18.

The weekend will be open to the public, with some ticketed events. Toi is working in conjunction with the Three Lakes Cultural Trust’s “RenewArt” event, featuring exhibitions and performances.

LINK is supporting this event as part of our community collaboration work. Stay tuned, more info on the weekend’s events coming next month!  For more info, please email Nicola.

Our Recreational Places

This is your chance to review the final line up and ensure there are no gaps in the outfield!

QLDC is asking the community to share their thoughts on two major pieces of work that will frame the long-term development of sport and recreation across the district.

Head to to contribute your ideas. Feedback closes 5pm Friday Septebmer 18.

Torokiki means to sprout afresh, re-emerge, re-establish, reappear.  Torokiki is QLDC's community driven ideas platform and one of the main recovery initiatives, here to enable our community to shape the future through your ideas. It’s not only about your own ideas -- it's also about helping shape and support other ideas that have been submitted by other people from across our district and beyond.

Challenges are the heart of Torokiki and guide the discussion with compelling topics and questions to get people engaged and thinking about solutions.

Torokiki's first round of challenges has now closed, with 23 ideas submitted for recovery work in the district in light of COVID-19.  More than 270 votes and 211 comments were submitted, as well there being over 10,000 visits to the website during the six week challenge cycle.

The next step will involve a review of all submitted ideas by Torokiki Challenge Owners to assess their potential for progression.

You can read all the ideas and comments from the first round here, and look out for the next round of challenges which will be out soon.  

Torokiki is keen to hear from you and looks forward to your contribution.

LINK Upper Clutha

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