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Hāwea’s big breakfast delayed

Posted at 12:44pm Thursday 26 Aug, 2021 | By Daisy Watford newsdeask@thewanakasun.co.nz

Lake Hāwea will have to wait a little longer for its turn in the spotlight-thanks to Covid-19. National television presenter Matty McLean was scheduled to film the morning Breakfast show in Lake Hāwea this week-on August 27.Lake Hāwea resident Stephen Tarawa, who helped organise the visit, said the show's producers plan to reschedule once the country returns to Alert Level 2. Tarawa caught the show's attention after sending in an image of himself looking out across Lake Hāwea. The business owner and pet clothing designer sent the image (below) “on the off chance” that they would screen it.“ I was happy enough that they had chosen my picture to be shown on National TV but then a few weeks later I received a call from one of the Breakfast Show producers saying they had picked my photo to come down and do a story about the area, showcase the town, and interview some of the locals.” As part of the visit, McLean will speak to business owners and residents including Dick Cotter who has lived in the township for over 50 years. McLean will also visit The Camp, the Cross Hill Lodge, and the new Geo Domes to shine a spotlight on some of the area's most popular spots. Tarawa is excited to showcase the area to the rest of New Zealand.

He told The Breakfast Show that he feels “blessed” to live in the town. “'Before I start my shift for work I take a short walk to my favourite spot on the lake's edge, taking in a view which takes my breath away every single time,” he said. After living in Queenstown for 14 years, Tarawa moved to Lake Hāwea with his partner David in February 2020.“We both decided to get back to nature and live a simpler and healthier lifestyle.” Tarawa is now looking forward to telling residents of the new filming date.




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