A word from Jim Boult, Queenstown Lakes mayor

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Cancellation of events hard to bear after so much work

The cancellation of many events across the district is a very difficult pill to swallow.

Most have been called off following near to 12 months’ hard work and sacrifice by numerous volunteers and contributors.

Many are traditions that our communities sincerely look forward to, train hard for and invest their heart, time and significant resource into.

For stallholders and event organisers, these events make up a large share of estimated earnings for the year and their loss is not just sentimental but financially very difficult.

In the cancellation of events, such as the Wanaka A & P Show, Warbirds and Challenge Wanaka, it’s natural to focus on feeling the loss.

However, just by listing these events we can see that in a normal year, in this part of the world, we are truly blessed by committed and talented organisers who give up their time year after year to stage races, shows and gatherings that benefit locals and visitors alike in so many ways.

It really is an investment of heart and soul that brings the joy and the economic benefit and that should not be extinguished by a virus.

I would like to take this opportunity to send our support and thanks to the many event organisers who have entertained us, challenged us, educated and fed us in a uniquely Wanaka way for so many years.

I am confident that the difficult lessons we’ve learned in the past two years will make us better, more resilient hosts in he future.

And without a doubt, when normal service resumes, your events will be extremely well subscribed to, by a community that is grateful for your ongoing commitment and well and truly ready for a party.