Wanaka young talent showcased at ‘You Do You’

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Almost 400 people attended an event celebrating Wanaka’s young talent last Thursday.

“You Do You”, an exhibition-style event showcasing the talents of 19 young people, revealed a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, Wanaka Library assistant librarian Eve Marshall-Lea said.

The focus of the event was to encourage young people to present their artistic and business ideas.

The number of entries “very much exceeded expectations”, she said.

The young entrepreneurs’ ideas included those based on fashion, the arts, computing, charitable enterprise, music and business, Mrs Marshall-Lea said.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by young musicians aged between 10 and 15.

Micah Cousins (14), of Wanaka, displayed a selection of his nature-inspired photographs.

“I’ve always enjoyed art, and the nature around photography and cinematography as well.”

Micah said he had been taking photos for the past five years and could see it as a future career.

“I definitely enjoy it, and want to pursue and keep going at it,” he said.

Millie Heine (17, left) and Maggie Little (17), both of Wanaka, displayed their “Goodie Bag” – a satchel designed to help eliminate plastic bags.

The satchel held six canvas tote bags and four produce bags and had a pocket for keys, a phone and shopping lists.

“Our solution was that it was all in one convenient package, so it was easy to remember,” Millie said.

James Jefferies (17) and Alicia Stock (17), both of Wanaka, were part of a group of young people who set up Anahera – a not-for-profit organisation that aimed to fundraise through community events.

“We are aiming to raise at least $3000 for kids’ cancer this year,” Alicia said.

Clothing brand Dusty Sunday was the brainchild of (from left) Macy Toovey (17).

“We wanted something that was fashionable but that you could also put on when you were feeling like lounging round, curled up on the couch,” Alice said.