Raising a toast in Bluff to hard-working nurses

Vicki Yarker-Jones

IT is a fundraising event to help nurses, which features the launch of a new beer.

Unique, fun and for a great cause, it’s happening at the Eagle Hotel in Bluff on Saturday, April 30.

It will be a world first as the southernmost brewery and the southernmost hop garden have jointly produced the southernmost beer, and have linked up in the southernmost town in New Zealand, to launch the brew.

The event will also raise funds for Yarker-Jones (aka Vicki Purple) one of the people behind the southernmost commercial hop garden at St Augustine Church in Tuapeka Mouth, is most passionate about.

Mrs Yarker-Jones, a nurse, educator, counsellor, and an avid steam-punker, started ‘Tea Time – Time Time’ to promote self-care among nurses, which is her doctoral topic through Otago Polytechnic/CapableNZ.

“Nurses care for people, but they also need to care for themselves,” she said.

“Tea Time — Me Time raises funds to buy biscuits, cakes and more plus we collect cups, saucers and plates for gift bags filled with goodies for morning and afternoon teas for nurses. It acknowledges the work that they do, and it’s all about nurses taking a break to focus on some relaxing time over a cuppa.’’

Vicki and husband, Tom Jones, grow many varieties of hops, including Tangerine Dream and Kent Golding at their former church, while 4 Mates Brewery brewed the beer at Otatara, near Invercargill.

To launch the beer and raise funds for ‘Tea Time – Me Time,’ the Eagle Hotel has bought a 50-litre keg of the XPA (Xtra Pale Ale) brew which Mr Jones said would appeal to both Pale Ale and Pilsener drinkers. They will sell drinks from the keg throughout the event with the proceeds all going back to the charity, and there will be bonus auctions too.

Mr Jones has been brewing since the mid-1980s, and for six years from 1998, held a variety of jobs at Emerson’s Brewery in Dunedin.

Mrs Yarker-Jones said the event would not have been possible if not for Russell at the Eagle Hotel, Scott at 4 Mates Brewery, Jane Stanton at the Seriously Good Chocolate Company and Bluff local Frazer Murdoch.

“It was Frazer who brought the event to Bluff,” she said.

The event will be from 7pm on Saturday, April 30, at the Eagle Hotel in Bluff. The new brew will be available to buy plus there will be the chance to bid on mystery auction items with proceeds towards ‘Tea Time — Me Time’.