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Affordable housing at Hikuwai

Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust's (QLCHT) assisted ownership model, Secure Home, is coming to Wānaka for the first time – with six houses under construction at Hikuwai. QLCHT was building two...... Read More

Wānaka bathroom inspires brilliance

Otago kitchen and bathroom designs were celebrated on Friday 18 September, at the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards. One of the most coveted kitchen and bathroom design awards in the country, the first project to be recognised was a bathroom in a...... Read More

DOC survey reveals benefits of outdoors

New Zealanders living in Otago have the highest participation in sightseeing and mountain biking than all other New Zealanders, according to the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) New Zealanders in the Outdoors Survey.  The survey, undertaken...... Read More

Upper Clutha winter workshops a hit

Sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board, literally. With the 31st annual Wanaka Autumn Arts School cancelled due to the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, the Upper Clutha Community Arts Council, the school’s organising committee, decided to...... Read More

Grow your vege patch

The Wanaka A&P Show has announced an exciting new vegetable-growing competition ahead of next year’s Show. A community competition open to participants of all ages, Produce a Patch aims to inspire local families and individuals...... Read More

Getting through together: mental health awareness week

Health professionals throughout the Southern district are promoting ‘Getting Through Together’ this NZ Mental Health Awareness Week, September 21-27 . Southern District Health Board (SDHB) Health Promotion Advisor David Pirie said the impact...... Read More

Quite the journey for Advance NZ Party candidate

For the past few weeks, we have been profiling the electoral candidates for the Waitaki electorate. Out of the woodwork comes another candidate. Meet Heather Meri Pennycook who lives in Wānaka and has recently decided to stand for the newly formed Advance...... Read More

Lost paraglider’s body found after four weeks

The body of a Kiwi paraglider pilot and former Wānaka resident who went missing in Nevada, US has been recovered after a four-week search.  James "Kiwi" Oroc Johnston went paragliding on August 22, where he took off from the Shoshone...... Read More

MAC recruiting for a new principal

The recruitment process for the next Mount Aspiring College (MAC) principal has been underway since the start of September, with a “reasonably good” amount of interest in the role so far, according to Limited Statutory Manager (LSM) Madeleine...... Read More

New maritime rescue centre essential

A new maritime rescue centre at Eely Point could be the difference between life and death in the event of an accident, a resource consent hearing was told at the Lake Wānaka Centre last Friday. The current Coastguard Wānaka Lakes (CWL) rescue vessel...... Read More