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The annual Wanaka midwinter water-ski and swim took place at Roys Bay on Sunday.

The charitable event is in its 22nd year and is always celebrated on the weekend closest to the shortest day. About 200 water-skiers, swimmers and spectators attended the event, this year raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation.

The Wanaka area has received record dumps of snow in the last week, creating a spectacularly snowy skyline around the lake.

Water temperature reports varied, with Wanaka Lake Swimmers Club president Camille Gulick recording 10.4degC, while Wanaka Waterski and Wakeboard Club organisers Graeme Vallance and Gary Tweedie recorded 12degC.

Mr Vallance and Mr Tweedie were delighted with the turnout and the sunshine.

“This is one out of the box .. the gods are with us and it is a great day,” they said.

Jumping in a cold lake was “great therapy”. “It is good for your mental health,” Mr Tweedie said.

“The lake is warm,” Mr Vallance insisted.