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Aspiring Art Prize a fundraising success

A graphite drawing depicting the frustration of an emerging social class in New Zealand was judged supreme winner at the Aspiring Art Prize in Wānaka on Friday night. Class Precariat, by Wānaka artist P. William (aka Paul McLachlan), was awarded...... Read More

Aid concert raises over $40,000

What was once just an idea has far exceeded expectations with last Friday’s Wānaka Aussi Aid concert raising over $40,000 to help assist the fight against recent Australian wildfires. The initiative was the brainchild of local actor Jay Simon,...... Read More

Bowls at its best

It was a “feast of bowls” when the annual Fulton Hogan Wānaka Men’s Classic Fours Invitational Bowls tournament took place on January 8-9 at the Wānaka Bowling Club according to Peter Wilson from the Wānaka Bowling Club (WBC).  The...... Read More

Hāwea athlete carries NZ flag at Youth Winter Olympics

Hāwea’s biathlon athlete and cross-country skier Campbell Wright, 17, had the honour of carrying the flag for the New Zealand team in the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games on Friday morning. The youngster was named flag bearer by Chef...... Read More

Wastewater pipeline construction work nearly finished

The construction of the main Clyde wastewater pipeline is close to completion, with work in Tarbert Street, Alexandra, expected to be finished this month. The pipeline has recently been installed in the area outside St Gerard’s School where it...... Read More

Police caution to lock doors in light of burglaries

Northlake and Aubrey Road were hit by 16 burglaries on the night of Thursday, January 9. Such a large spike of victims in a small area suggests these are interrelated events, and Senior Sergeant Miriam Reddington told the Wānaka Sun that “we...... Read More

Cycling with a coffin to raise awareness

If you’ve ever been exhausted by a long bike ride, imagine adding a 50kg coffin to the back and cycling from Dunedin to Wellington. That’s exactly what Julian and Camilla Cox are doing this summer, all to raise awareness of a petition by...... Read More

Roys Peak a hotspot for unauthorised drones

Tourist crowds aren’t the only thing visiting Roys Peak this summer; since Christmas, Wānaka DOC office has received four reports of unauthorised drones on Roys Peak through their visitor centre and DOC hotline. Drone use over conservation land...... Read More

Major drugs bust in Wānaka

A 44-year-old Wānaka man was arrested by police following a drug bust last Thursday that saw a worrying amount of illegal substances recovered from the property. The police obtained three search warrants to search properties in the ongoing investigation....... Read More

Regional economic confidence may not translate to Wānaka

A net 14 percent of Otago households expect their region’s economy to improve over the coming year, according to the Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey for the December 2019 quarter. This is slightly up on the 10 percent...... Read More