Kakanui to host regional women’s competition day

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Two women’s groups are coming together in Kakanui on August 20 for a day of competition and craft, and to listen to an expert on Antartica.

Otago and Southland members of Rural Women New Zealand and the New Zealand Women’s Institute are holding a competition day at the Kakanui Hall, starting with morning tea at 10am.

Mayor Gary Kircher will officially open the day at 11am.

Organiser Nancy Bell said they were expecting more than 100 people to attend, from south of the Waitaki Bridge to Invercargill.

Mrs Bell said the event was held every year in a different place within the Otago and Southland regions, and took place in North Otago every four-to-five years.

About 140 entries have been received and some sections, including decorated jandals, photography and baking will be judged on the day by public vote.

David Harrowfield, who used to be the curator and archivist of Antartica Collections at Canterbury Museum, will speak about Antarctica.

Dr Harrowfield made his first visit south as a field assistant with Bob Kirk and worked at Cape Bird on Ross Island in 1974-75.

He has had numerous visits associated with historic hut preservation on Ross Island and at Cape Adare.

More recently, he has worked as a shore guide and lecturer on cruise ships to the Ross Sea, Antartica Peninsula and Commonwealth Bay.

The afternoon’s entertainment includes African-inspired dancers and a parade by the Red Hatters.

Anyone is welcome to attend the day. There is a door charge of $10, which includes morning and afternoon tea. Bring your own lunch.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY

CREATIVE: Nancy Bell holds some of the entries in the joint NZ Women’s Institute and Rural Women NZ competition day, which is being held on August 20 at Kakanui.

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