Two events combine to educate, entertain


Two big events on Omarama’s social calendar set for the same day have been combined into one big night of entertainment and empowerment.

When it emerged the Ahuriri Catchment Community Group and Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s wellness and resilience event with Sir John Kirwan on November 11 clashed with The Bitches’ Box and Mel Parsons’ The Woolshed Tour, organisers decided to work together to enable people interested in both events to attend.

“It’s all just come together – it’s so exciting,” Ahuriri Catchment Community Group facilitator Stevie Young said.

Both events are being held at Buscot Station.

Sir John’s talk is first up at 4.30pm, followed by a fundraising barbecue for Omarama School at 6pm, and then the music, theatre and comedy of The Woolshed Tour begins at 7pm.

People could make a night of it and go to both events, or pick and choose, Miss Young said.

“We wanted to make it as inclusive as possible.”

In light of everything that had gone on this year, and the fact farmers did not get many opportunities to get off the farm, it would be a “really cool” opportunity to take a break and enjoy a night of entertainment.

The Ahuriri Catchment Community Group was formed last year to address water quality issues at Lake Benmore, but it also had a wider community focus, and was now an incorporated society.

“We want to pull the whole community together and everybody take ownership for what’s going on,” she said.

“We want to run events that are applicable to the whole community.”

There had been “a lot of talk about mental wellbeing and wellness” and hosting a resilience night was one of the things “at the top of our list”.

If the event was a success, Miss Young hoped the Ahuriri Catchment Community Group could host more events and get more funding and sponsorship.

The community catchment group’s first annual meeting would be held in December, and Miss Young said they would be encouraging people to get involved on Wednesday night.

Sir John’s Omarama talk is free, but people must register by emailing Tickets for The Woolshed Tour are available at

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is also hosting a wellness and resilience event with Sir John at the Weston Hall on November 11, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

To register, visit shoesSneakers