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‘Snowmelt’ bonus for athletes.

  A Snowmelt event at Hawea Hotel has raised $38,750.   The event catered for Wanaka Snowsports Club athletes aged 12 to 25 who are travelling to train and compete in the Northern Hemisphere for the 2021-22 winter season.   The...... Read More

Business to check carbon footprints

  Almost 40 businesses had registered for a Wao Climate Action Initiative programme by the start of this week.   The group is seeking a cross section of businesses for the 12-week program which is designed to show businesses and schools...... Read More

School gets a bee plus

Rent-a-hive company Tiaki Bees, working with Honeysticks, a natural children’s craft brand, have placed sponsored beehives in Wānaka Primary School and Te Kura O Take Kārara.   The new community initiative is designed to be two-fold...... Read More

The doc his own words

Wānaka GP Mark Edmond (pictured) has penned a column for The Wānaka Sun this week as debate over coverage of his stand on Covid vaccinations continues. The Sun exclusively revealed last week that he was among the growing number of health professionals...... Read More

One council to rule them?

  Wānaka hosted one of the larger Groundswell protests in the country last weekend to hear predictions that Otago would soon by Governed by a single local authority. Otago Regional Council deputy chair Michael Laws, discussing the Three Waters...... Read More

All that glisters is not gold…

Two fish caught in Albert Town lagoon by teenage bothers Hudson and Hawk Weathington in April last year have been in the news this week. They are the biggest of four goldfish donated by the brother to the museum and highlight the folly of releasing...... Read More

Visa call welcomed

  Business and tourism leaders have welcomed the Government decision to issue 165,000 resident visas. The announcement would come as a huge relief for employers and their teams, Ignite Wānaka Chamber of Commerce general manager Naomi Lindsay...... Read More

Taking the challenge for Kate

  The battle of a Wānaka homeowner inspired three women to raise funds for ovarian cancer awareness and research. Amanda Mitchell, Carmen Lintsen and Laura Carleton set a goal of covering 1000 kilometres to support Step Up for Ovarian Cancer...... Read More

Wānaka won’t ‘cope’

A community group has warned of a pending uproar over ambitious plans to turn Wānaka into a “movie town”. Silverlight Studios plans to establish a film studio and tourism activities on 322ha adjacent to State Highway 6 about 7km east of...... Read More

Board given a ‘wake up call’

  Councillors have voted to retain the Wanaka Community Board in its present form, with all three Wanaka Ward Queenstown Lakes District Councillor positions retained.  The original motion before last week’s meeting on Thursday was...... Read More