22 Aug 2009

Stewart Island singles gear up for big night

5:36 pm on 22 August 2009

One of the biggest nights on Stewart Island's social calendar takes place on Saturday night, when hundreds pack the island's community centre for the annual singles ball.

Organiser Doug Beck started the first Stewart Island Singles Ball five years ago, after realising there were four times as many single men on the island as women.

He says the event has led to two marriages and hundreds of romantic liaisons.

Mr Beck says tourists from Canada, the United States and Ireland and Australia have turned up at previous events, giving a tourism boost for the island.

Up to 250 people are expected to attend the ball. All money raised from the event will go to Stewart Island charities.