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Advance voting begins - How to vote in Wanaka

Advanced voting in the 2017 General Election is now underway and will go through until election day on Saturday, September 23. The first EasyVote packs started arriving in voters’ letter boxes last week, with 3.16 million to be delivered...... Read More

Police appeal for sightings of missing man

Southerm District Police are seeking sightings of Stephen Lowe, pictured. Mr Lowe left work on Portsmouth Drive in Dunedin around 10am on Friday, September 15, and has not been seen or heard from since. There are concerns for his welfare, and his...... Read More

Wanaka sailor in world yacht race

Wanaka sailor Ben Acland is currently on his way around the world in the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The former general manager at Mons Royale set sail from Liverpool, England, on Sunday August 20 with the PSP Logistics...... Read More

Weather hampers search to locate missing boaties

Police hope weather conditions will improve on the West Coast this afternoon to allow the search for two missing boaties to resume. West Coast Police Constable Jim Marsh said it is hoped a search helicopter and ground teams, ready in Neils...... Read More

History of Lake Hawea township

Wanaka Sun column by Barbara Chinn - Upper Clutha Historical Records Society The Lake Hawea township is on the south-western shore of the lake.  It was originally visited seasonally by Maori - at first, Waitaha people, then Ngati Mamoe and Ngai...... Read More

Crown Range webcam a hit

The Crown Range’s new webcam has proven popular, with more than 10,000 visitors to its online transmission page since its launch last week. The webcam was installed alongside a state-of-the-art weather station at the summit of the Crown Range...... Read More

Visitor Accommodation rates increases

If you have a question for QLDC and you don’t know who to ask, don’t want to ask or haven’t received an answer, email it to us and we’ll ask it for you. Send your question to journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz    Ask QLDC...... Read More

Online Survey: New primary schooling in Wanaka

Community debates new school options Public consultation about Wanaka’s new primary school kicked off with a meeting on Tuesday, September 12 and will run through to Monday, September 25. The Ministry of Education is undertaking the consultation...... Read More

Local artist paints global adventures

A Lake Hawea artist who travels the world chasing the sun has been sending pieces of her adventures from her sketchbook across the globe. For the past few years, Renee Walden, or Scatterlings, and her husband have lived in New Zealand for six months...... Read More

Who’s the real Sam Lee?

After a story featuring Sam Lee (pictured) the freeskier was published on Stuff last week with a photo of Sam Lee from Cardrona Valley, people took to Facebook commenting on both Sam’s pages. Sam from Cardrona Valley, who is 38 said the post...... Read More