The apple press made from recycled objects by Robbie
Lawton, pictured with Christine Rozon (both of Wanaka),
which was used to make dozens of litres of juice at
Saturday's Great Autumn Apple Drive in Wanaka. Inset:
Petrina Duncan. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
An apple press made from a washing machine tub, car jack
and metal shower tray played a starring role in Saturday's
Great Autumn Apple Drive, at Rippon Hall, in Wanaka.
The recycled parts of the press were salvaged from Wanaka
Wastebusters and cleverly crafted into a juice-producer by
engineer Robbie Lawton, who proudly demonstrated the
machine's capabilities at the weekend.
Mr Lawton is a member of Local Food Wanaka, the group behind
the town's annual apple drive which, at its inaugural event
last autumn, attracted more than 100 people who diced,
stewed, pulped and pressed an estimated 1.2 tonnes of apples.
Volunteers numbered around 50 at Saturday's event and half a
tonne of fruit was processed into chutneys, sauces and juice.
''It's much quieter this year,'' group secretary Petrina
However, that made the day ''much more manageable'' as those
who were still learning about food preserving could be more
People from throughout Central Otago and the Upper Clutha
brought their own jars, bottles and apples - plus some pears
- which were gathered from trees on the roadside or their own
backyards and orchards, Ms Duncan said.
Local Food Wanaka organised the equipment and other
ingredients, Rippon Vineyard provided the commercial kitchen
and chef Jacques Scott, of Wanaka's White House restaurant,
brought the recipes and expertise to oversee the whole
At the end of the day, participants divided up the fruits of
The core purpose of the apple drive was bringing the
community together to share food knowledge and preserve the
local abundance of fruit.
''There's this huge excess of apples every autumn ... so last
year we came up with the idea of doing a preserving event