Beer challenge nets five mayors and ORC chairman to boot

Photo by Jane Dawber.
Photo by Jane Dawber.
Travellers Dean Chytraus (left) and Ben Sarten have a beer with (from left) Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead and Otago's mayors, Alex Familton (Waitaki), Tony Lepper (Central Otago), Dave Cull (Dunedin), Vanessa van Uden (Queenstown Lakes) and Bryan Cadogan (Clutha).

Mr Chytraus, who comes from Salt Lake City, in Utah, and Ben Sarten, of Taranaki, are winners of Arrival Magazine social media competitions.

The prize was two months travelling around New Zealand, capturing their travels for social media, but with one challenge - to have a beer with as many mayors as they could.

It proved harder than they thought until they met Ms van Uden, who suggested that if the pair made it to Dunedin by lunchtime yesterday they could tick off five mayors and one regional council chairman in one go.

Otago's mayors were attending a mayoral forum in the city yesterday and were happy to pose for photographs with the pair, who are in Dunedin for three nights before heading to Tekapo.

They have already travelled the North Island and West Coast.


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