Lakes District packed with holiday events

22:06, Oct 20 2012
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TE ANAU: A very rough Lake Te Anau may have stopped some venturing out on for the annual Labour Weekend Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic.
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TE ANAU: Helicopter pilot Bill Black entertains the crowd in Te Anau with a fly-by in his gyrocopter at the annual Labour Weekend Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic.
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TE ANAU: Blake Tippett, 12, of Te Anau, with the two-kilogram brown trout he caught in the Upper Waiau River at the annual Labour Weekend Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic.
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TE ANAU: Doug Johns and Elise Cassidy, of Kaka Pt, were not aware that dogs were banned on Lake Te Anau, as Millie the spaniel enjoys a ride on their boat during the annual Labour Weekend Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic.
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INVERCARGILL: Joseph Maynard, 5, checks out a working steam train with 80-year-old Des Burrow, who built the shunting steam engine. Model trains, boats and cars drew a large crowd to the Great Little Train Show in Invercargill.
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INVERCARGILL: Driver Gavin Mortimore waits as steam locomotive Ka 942 is ‘‘oiled up’’ in Invercargill before returning to Dunedin. The train travelled from Dunedin to Invercargill as part of the Dunedin Steam Festival.
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INVERCARGILL: Patrick Walker and Rose Weir, of Christchurch, follow John Veale and Dawn Renwick-Veale, formerly of Christchurch but now based in Tauranga, at a dance workshop hosted by the Invercargill Dance Club. The workshop, which was held in the city every second Labour Weekend, attracted 130 keen dancers from throughout the country.
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INVERCARGILL: Leslie Ladbrook puts Ziggy through the drums at a Parelli horse handling workshop in Otatara. The Parelli programme was unique as it was not a horse training programme, but a people training programme. The idea of Parelli was to develop horse lovers into horsemen.
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MANAPOURI: Manapouri Art Group president and artist Jan Powell with one of her paintings at the art group’s annual Labour Weekend exhibition. The event, held in the Manapouri Motor Inn, attracted a good crowd, and the art group was especially pleased with the number of young artists who contributed work.
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TE ANAU: Leading New Zealand axeman Bobby Dowling, of Invercargill, competes in the Fiordland Timbersports event in Te Anau. Top axemen from throughout the country converged on Te Anau for the event. and involved a veterans test series between New Zealand and Australia.
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INVERCARGILL: Stella Keown, 12, from the Hokonui Swimming Club competes in the 400m freestyle at the Orca Swimming Club meet at Splash Palace in Invercargill. The event attracted about 180 swimmers from throughout the South Island – 50 more swimmers than competed last year.
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INVERCARGILL: Waihopai Rowing Club members Lindsay Pearce, left, Mike Martin, Rex Williams, Tom Hunt, Jimmy Pearce, Gordon Surgenor and Murray Sycamore look at some old photos around the club eight named ‘‘Jubilee 125’’ in honour of Waihopai’s 125th celebrations at Labour Weekend. The club was founded in 1887 and was originally named the Invercargill Railway Rowing Club but was changed to Waihopai in the 1960s to avoid confusion with the Invercargill Rowing Club.
2012 Labour weekend events
WANAKA: Ayilo Emasy, 15 months, at Wanakafest in Wanaka.
2012 Labour weekend events
WANAKA: Toby Gunn,5 , was not sure if he wanted to share his ice cream with three-month-old puppy, Levi, at Wanakafest in Wanaka.
2012 Labour weekend events
WANAKA: Danielle Walker competing in the Speights Perfect Woman Competition at Bullock Bar in Wanaka.
2012 Labour weekend events
ARROWTOWN: The reentactment of Arrowtown's 1862 gold rush, involving about 200 people, was watched by thousands.
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INVERCARGILL: Spectators brave the cold wind in Invercargill to watch the Southland Truck Parade.
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INVERCARGILL: A Switzers Valley Transport truck was among those looking shiny at the Southland Truck Parade.
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INVERCARGILL: The muddy ground proved too much for this truck, which sank to its axles before the start of the parade.
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INVERCARGILL: A 1949 ute on display in the Southland Truck Parade.
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INVERCARGILL: From left, Paige Hawkins, 9, Taylor Evans, 8, and Shian Evans, 10, enjoy a picnic on the back of a ute while watching the Southland Truck Parade.
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INVERCARGILL: Aleisha Elliotte, 11, Jorja Elliotte, 9, Hayden Elliotte, 8, and Ben Elliotte, 7, watch the trucks pass by in the Southland Truck Parade.
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INVERCARGILL: Scullys truck driver Gordon Henderson won the overall King Rig trophy and best Nissan truck at the Southland Truck Parade.
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CLYDE: Walkers dressed as goldminers and washerwomen walk through Clyde as part of the grand parade to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the region.
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CLYDE: Vintage cars line Clyde’s main street as part of the grand parade to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the region.
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CLYDE: A vintage truck followed by a float of a miner’s hut and a horse-drawn cart in the grand parade to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the region.
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GLENORGHY: Youngster George Hunt on a traction engine at the 150th celebrations in Glenorchy.
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GLENORGHY: John Richards was the the overall winner of the beard-growing contest at the 150th celebrations in Glenorchy.
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GLENORGHY: Kate, left, and Iris Scott on their horses at the 150th celebrations in Glenorchy.
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MOTO: Champion moto trailer Jake Whitaker navigates his way over a rock face during the New Zealand Moto Trials Championships in Alexandra. Whitaker won the expert section of the event for the sixth year running.
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SWIMMING: Thomas Kennelly, 15, from Waverley Swimming Club competes in the 400m freestyle event at the Orca Labour Weekend Carnival at Splash Palace in Invercargill.
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SWIMMING: Verdon College’s Olivia Thornbury, 14, from Orca Swimming Club checks her time after winning her heat in the 400m freestyle at the Orca club meet at Splash Palace in Invercargill.

It will be hard to avoid the jazz in the Wakatipu today as free performances spring up everywhere from Queenstown Gardens and Jacks Point to Arrowtown's Buckingham Green.

It follows a massive day of live performances yesterday and a colourful parade through the streets of Queenstown including many of the visiting and local musicians and dancers.

The Queenstown-based festival is part of a massive weekend of activity in the region.

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Queenstown school of dance performers show their moves at Earnslaw park following the Queenstown Jazzfest opening parade on Saturday.

In Arrowtown today celebrations marking 150 years since the discovery of gold in the area continue with the New Zealand gold panning champs all day and a firing of black powder guns at 12.30pm.

Wanakafest continues in Wanaka with Sunday Funday at Pembroke Park and a 10-hour endurance mountain biking.

Tonight the 2012 Speights Perfect Woman will be named after a day of competition at the Bullock Bar.

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