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NASA balloon takes flight from Wanaka

NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, on a mission designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe...... Read More

NASA launches from Wanaka Airport

UPDATE:  Tuesday April 25  (11.02am)  LIft-off!  We have a NASA super pressure balloon launch.   The airport is now open and roads open.   An official release will follow in a couple of hours from NASA once the balloon...... Read More

ANZAC Day services | Wanaka & Lake Hawea

From Wanaka Sun (page 9)  20 - 26 April 2017 ANZAC Day services   Dawn services at 7am at Lake Hawea on the peninsula by the dam, and in Wanaka on the lakefront beside the log cabin. There will be an ANZAC service in the Lake...... Read More

Centenarian attends family reunion in Wanaka

From Wanaka Sun (page 2)  20 - 26 April 2017 Elsie McIvor (100) of Cromwell, pictured centre, joined the McIvor clan for their family reunion in Wanaka over the Easter weekend. Members of the family travelled from Australia, Japan...... Read More

Tributes flow for Queenstown paraglider

A paraglider who died following an incident in central Queenstown on Saturday April 22 was a qualified, experienced tandem pilot. Ben Letham, 26, originally from Scotland, was well known in the Queenstown community, and was a volunteer with the Alpine...... Read More

Spectacular aurora captured over Lake Wanaka

  The Aurora Australis has been captured by stargazers across New Zealand for the last two nights in a row.   Scientists think the aurora should continue to be visible for two further nights. Joe Murdie captured this image fro Eely...... Read More

Racing through obstacles

From Wanaka Sun (page 16)  20 - 26 April 2017 Racing through obstacles When a road accident left George Cairney partially blind he had to give up some of his favourite hobbies, like reading. Nine years later, the 26-year-old has developed...... Read More

Paraponter killed in Queenstown crash

A paraponter has died after crashing not far from central Queenstown. The person crashed on Robins Road about 10.10am today. Emergency services were notified of the incident shortly after 10am. The Civil Aviation Authority has been notified. Read...... Read More

Cardrona golf course second round of submissions

From Wanaka Sun (page 2)  20 - 26 April 2017 Cardrona golf course submissions open A second round of public submissions regarding the development of a golf course on Cardrona Valley Road will close on May 1. Queenstown Lakes District...... Read More

Real-time weather monitoring on Crown Range

From Wanaka Sun (page 9)  20 - 26 April 2017 Crown Range weather facility to proceed Real-time weather reports from the top of the Crown Range are one step closer to fruition after resource consent was granted to the Queenstown Lakes...... Read More