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Editorial: What’s in the weather?

Having been a mountaineer for most of my life, I have always retained an obsession with the weather. After all the success of trips into the mountains hinges on the coming weather forecast. I’m now an adventure motorcyclist and with this sport,...... Read More

Foreshore e-bike rental a no-go

A proposal to establish an e-bike rental on the Lake Wānaka foreshore has been denied consent by the council. LandEscape applied to operate out of a food/coffee caravan on the recreational reserve beside the Mt Aspiring car park but was told the foreshore...... Read More

$3 million funding coup for WAI Wānaka

WAI (Water Action Initiative) Wanaka has gained $3M in funding from Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to employ Wānaka folk in the Jobs for Nature (JFN) programme over the next three years. The funding will allow Wai Wānaka to employ up to 30 people...... Read More

Risk over our heads: Wānaka festivals and Covid

When producer Alix Perez moved to New Zealand from the UK with his Kiwi fiance, and launched a sold-out tour with a Rhythm and Alps warm-up gig in Wānaka last month, he was one of the first international performers to play a show in NZ since the Covid-19...... Read More

Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday

The Central Otago Regional Orchestra will be celebrating German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday this weekend with a performance of three of his works in Alexandra and Wānaka. Under the baton of Ashley Hopkins, the orchestra...... Read More

$55,000 raised for The Hub

Over 500 people attended the Wānaka House and Garden Tour last weekend with a great many more wishing they had. The event was a resounding success- the properties were a fantastic selection of very different places- large houses, little cottages, and...... Read More

No parking for marina users

Marina development workers parking all day by the marina have left slipway users “angry and disappointed,” according to director of Wānaka Marina and Wānaka Lakes Coastguard volunteer Mike Barker.  Barker said that, despite the Wānaka...... Read More

Hāwea Flat School promised temporary classrooms

Around 7,500 students nationwide, and 265 at Hāwea Flat School, are set to benefit from a government investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country, the Education Minister announced last week. Amongst the projects...... Read More

Mitre 10 opens doors to half the town

The long-awaited Mitre 10 Wānaka opened its doors last Saturday, when a very high turnout left drivers with no space to park.  Co-owner and Chairman of Mitre 10 New Zealand Martin Dippie said he thought half of Wānaka had visited the store for...... Read More

18m high Santa for Wānaka

An 18m high Santa which once adorned the Queens St Farmers building in Auckland for 60 years has made its way south and taken up residence at the National Transport and Toy Museum out at the airport.  Santa was built in 1960 by the Farmers department...... Read More