Latest News

Strong finish for Campbell Wright

Wānaka’s rising biathlon star, 18-year-old Campbell Wright, finished his season strong with a 19th place finish at the IBU Cup 10km sprint in Obertilliach, Austria on Tuesday. Wright was just 1.04 minutes behind winner Filip Fjeld Anderson (NOR)...... Read More

Survey shows youth drinking in excess

More than 40 per cent of Wānaka's 13 to 16-year-olds are regular alcohol drinkers, according to a survey carried out by the Wānaka Alcohol Group.  The "Harming Me, Harming You" survey also revealed the number of young people drinking...... Read More

Consultation open on ORC’s Long-term Plan

The Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) Draft Long-term Plan for 2021-31 (LTP) is now open for submissions until 9 May. The Draft LTP sets out an ambitious program of improvements to meet the growing expectations for Otago’s environmental management....... Read More

Climbers not climbing beyond their ability

The death of two promising mountaineers, one of whom was from Wānaka, was the subject of a three-day inquest in January last year. Sarwan Chand, 27 of Wānaka and Conor Smith, 22 of Queenstown, died while attempting a challenging route on the south...... Read More

Finishing on a high note

Philip Tremewan has been at the forefront of Wānaka’s Festival of Colour as director since its inception in 2005. After this week’s festival, he is stepping down, handing over the reins to Sophie Kelly. And this year's Festival has been...... Read More

Light Up Winter

The Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group (CDPG) is offering local and regional artists the chance to Light Up Winter this year with a call for entries in their “Wish Upon a Star” art competition. “This competition is an opportunity...... Read More

Poppy & Star flight passes through Wānaka

The Poppy & Star Flight is a nationwide project with 34 volunteer pilots each flying a sector on a 4-week itinerary in the run-up to Anzac Day. They will be carrying two large pieces of knitted artwork that will be added to by the locals at the welcome...... Read More

Extreme authors, speaking at Film Festival

The New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival is pleased to announce a diverse range of adventure authors to speak at this year’s event in Wānaka from June 25 to 29. Nic Lowe, Max Quin and Sam Masters, all award-winning artists in their own genres,...... Read More

Cromwell builder wins NZCB Apprentice Challe

Apprentice Briearnah Cook has claimed the title of the Central Otago New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge champion for 2021, after competing against two other apprentices on April 10. The apprentices were put through their paces,...... Read More

Saving a tonne of apples

900kg of excess apples were turned into 220 jars of chutney and 250 litres of juice at the seventh annual Wānaka Autumn Apple Drive last weekend. The Wānaka Autumn Harvest Festival was organised by volunteers Local Food Wānaka and Wao Aotearoa, featuring...... Read More