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Volunteers needed to plant trees

A new section of a local cycle track is opening near Albert town and community members are being called upon to plant native trees on site to help celebrate the event this Saturday and, as a result, help clean up local waterways. Sustainable Coastlines,...... Read More

Local girl hops to third in Australia cross-country race

A Wānaka girl has placed third in one of Australasia’s biggest long-distance, cross-country ski races. Twelve-year-old Olivia Helmore raced in the Kangaroo Hoppet 2019 in Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia, on August 24; she came in third in the...... Read More

Braden Currie booked for 2020 World Ironman Championship

Wānaka’s Braden Currie announced he will take on the 2020 World Ironman 70.3 Championship in Taupō; his placement was guaranteed after his win at the Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast last Sunday.  With a race finish time of 03:44:47 last weekend,...... Read More

Editorial / He Pitopito Kōrero nā te Etitā

Mōrena! It’s Māori Language Week and I am really happy to finally move our spelling into the 21st Century by ensuring we spell Māori words correctly. From now on, the tohutō (macron) will be used in all Māori words, meaning Wanaka becomes...... Read More

No signs a sign of the times

Whilst there are clusters of election signs posted all around Wanaka, two candidates are deliberately going signless this campaign. Ed Taylor and Chris Hadfield, both running for the Wānaka Community Board, decided to kiss the eye-sores goodbye.  “I’ve...... Read More

Bake someone happy

Do you have an hour to spare this weekend? Food for Love is calling for volunteers to whip up family-sized meals for its 20 current nominees.  The group of Wānaka and Hāwea locals give up some of their free time to cook and bake for other locals...... Read More

Wānaka Primary School to ‘light up’ Friday night

Wānaka Primary School students will once again showcase their artistic creativity at their school gala, ‘Friday Night Lights’ tomorrow night (Friday September 13) at 5:30pm. The gala is a free entry and will be hosted by Wānaka Primary...... Read More

Lake Hāwea celebrated on postage stamp

A visit to a NZ Post will afford you the opportunity to share an iconic image of Lake Hāwea on your letters. The new $4 stamp is part of a collection of six iconic locations on Te Araroa, New Zealand’s 3000km-long walking and tramping trail,...... Read More