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Christmas Community Fundraiser set to delight

A Christmas house is setting up to be exhibited at the Hāwea community centre, which will be open to the public on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, December. Promised to dazzle viewers, the house will be fitted out with thousands of christmas decorations...... Read More

Hāwea school wins big at national tech competition

Hāwea Flat School enjoyed a major win at the National Finals of the Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge, held in Wellington’s TSB Arena. Over 6500 students participated in the challenge, where small teams of three to four students find a problem in...... Read More

ORC begins consultation on interim water plan

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) continues to make progress with their regional water plan, announcing that interim water permits plan change consultations are underway. This interim plan change will “bridge the gap between the expiry of water...... Read More

Harvesting hope

A few weeks ago Kate Callaghan received the devastating diagnosis of stage four metastatic breast cancer, which has spread to her lymph nodes and liver. Kate was told, effectively —  there isn't anything to be done. She isn’t eligible...... Read More

Comment: Natural capital: balancing the economy with nature

When we think about capital, it is usually in the economic sense of wealth in the form of money or other assets. And when we think about nature, we usually don’t think about economics but rather about the plants and animals and landscapes and seascapes...... Read More

Film funds pest trapping

In an unusual alliance between film, sport and trapping, the NZ Mountain Film Festival (NZMFF) Charitable Trust’s Grant Scheme has awarded $1000 to the newly established Wānaka Multisport Trapping Group to purchase traps and equipment to support...... Read More

Winton files formal objection

After an announcement that Central Otago District Council would not announce their decision on Winton’s Riverside Terrace development due to the unpaid bill in relation to Plan Change 13, Winton has now filed a formal objection.  The Council...... Read More

Jumping performance

Over this weekend Mt Aspiring College had a team of riders at the Gore Pony Club Interschools Showjumping competition.  Out of 13 teams, Mt Aspiring team placed fourth overall. It was a great team performance, with outstanding individual efforts...... Read More

Mayor Boult urges council to accept rejected airport SOI

On Monday, Queenstown Lakes District Council released a statement, announcing they will establish a steering committee to act as a bridge between QLDC and QAC, in order to influence the Statement of Intent (SOI) so it can be accepted by council. The...... Read More