LABOUR Weekend had Te Anau buzzing with 11 events keeping locals and visitors busy.
The first Southern Waka Ama event, the Ki Uta Ki Tai Waka Challenge was held on Saturday at the Marakura Yacht Club, Lake Te Anau.
Southland clubs and others from as far away as Dunedin, Christchurch and Nelson attended the first waka ama racing to be held in New Zealand after the Covid-19 pandemic, race director Karina Davis-Marsden said.
A highlight was having New Zealand waka ama coach Corrina Gage at the event and she even took part with a novice team in the 5km event. There were also 10km and 15km events.
The Marakura Yacht Club was a great venue to host this event and Davis-Marsden gave a big mihi (pay tribute) to those who were on the water as support boats throughout the day.
Meanwhile, Donna Bell, of Dipton, won a Stabicraft Southern 1550 fisher boat with a four-stroke 50hp Yamaha, 50hp outboard, DMW trailer, VHF radio, fishfinder and other accessories at the Stabicraft Southern Te Anau/Manapouri Fishing Classic 2020.
Bell was a very surprised and excited winner as she was a first-year fisherwoman and only the third woman in 13 years to win the top prize.
The 50th Steptoe Auction hosted by Te Anau Lions Club last Saturday attracted a large crowd for its final auction.
Te Anau Kepler Lions Club Home Show, held on Sunday, attracted 200 people, raising more than $5000 for the Southland Charity Hospital and Te Anau projects.