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Getting out on the boat this long weekend...

COMMUNICATIONS KEY FOR BOATIES THIS LABOUR WEEKEND If you can’t call for help, we can’t rescue you. This is the important message Coastguard have issued to all boaties heading into Labour weekend. “With more boaties starting to get...... Read More

Grebe Diary 2017 (No 4 & 5) by John Darby

Wanaka Sun column by retired zoologist John Darby Grebe Diary 4. October 8, 2017 Nest 1 was calculated to hatch her eggs on October 8. As of this last Sunday the chicks have yet to appear. I am confident that she will oblige in the next...... Read More

Wanaka’s beloved community cat farewelled

Wastebusters staff and the wider Wanaka community have said a tearful goodbye to the recycling centre’s famous cat, Number One. Wastebusters communications advisor Gina Dempster said that both staff and customers were mourning the loss of the...... Read More

19 - 25 Oct 2017 | Edition 840

Click to read the Wanaka Sun online   Enlarge screen by double-clicking on the page  View all earlier editions of the Wanaka Sun here ... Read More

Hawea water shortage talks begin

The Upper Clutha Farmers Group met with council representatives and Contact Energy last week (Friday, October 13) to discuss their low water level concerns in Hawea. The group has expressed its water level worries for Lake Hawea’s dam and two...... Read More

Wanaka Crimeline | Wanaka Police - 16 October 2017

By Senior Constable Ian Henderson Cardrona skiing is finally done for 2017, lawns are being mown and gardens are being planted out but be wary of that late frost getting your tomato plants! The last week started out with a drink-driver from Holland...... Read More

Ready, steady, duck race!

Wanaka will be transformed into an aquatic racecourse next weekend for the annual duck race. The event, run by Wanaka Rotary Club (WRC), will see 1600 plastic ducks thrown into Bullock Creek at 10am on Saturday October 21, with big prizes on...... Read More

Whale halts Wanaka sailor’s race

Wanaka sailor Ben Acland has resumed the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race with team PSP Logistics after a collision with a whale sparked an emergency pit-stop in Uruguay. The team’s yacht underwent five days of repair in Piriapolis for rudder...... Read More

Competition success for local pony club riders

The Springston Trophy was created in 1972 to provide an Eventing teams competition to South Island Pony Club riders. Now open to teams throughout New Zealand, it is a three-day event comprising dressage, cross-country and show jumping phases and is hosted...... Read More

Bed booking system on the way for popular huts

The Department of Conservation (DoC) is trialling a new booking system for two of its popular huts this summer, following an overflow of visitors last year. From December 1 2017 to April 8 2018, visitors will be able to book beds in Mount Aspiring...... Read More