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‘Incredible’ woollen creations

Upcycled and repurposed pieces, along with woollen earrings, shoes and evening gowns are among entries for this year’s WoolOn creative fashion event. Designer liaison Kaye Sutherland said the entries are “incredible”. “I’m...... Read More

Shanty Town or Albert Town?

The Albert Town campground has been scrutinised for its “unsavoury and shanty town” appearance and was discussed at the public forum at the last Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting on July 26. Jim Cowie, chair of the Albert Town...... Read More

Alcohol Group holds open forum

  The Wanaka Alcohol Group held an open forum on Tuesday afternoon (August 7) to discuss the current licensing hours of local establishments. The intended one hour meeting opened with WAG stating that conversations needed to be had regarding keeping...... Read More

Building a vision for 2050

Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor Jim Boult convened a small and diverse group from across the district this week to begin work on building a vision for the future of the district “which went beyond council long term plans”. The bigger...... Read More

Vikings raise thousands for local hospice

A viking-themed ball took place out on the Wanaka-Luggate highway on Saturday, August 4. The evening, held at Corbridge Woolshed, had 145 people in attendance and the $160 ticket provided food cooked over a fire pit, live music, a charity auction...... Read More

No primary birthing unit for Wanaka

Southern DHB has released its long-awaited final plan for its Integrated Primary Maternity System of Care today (Friday, August 10), with Wanaka missing out on a primary birthing unit. In the plan, a maternal and child hub will be developed in Wanaka....... Read More

Opening day for surgical unit in Wanaka

An opening day was organised at Wanaka Lakes Health Centre on Sunday August 5 for the world’s only mobile surgical unit. The unit, which contains a fully equipped operating theatre suitable for low-risk elective day surgeries, opened for operating...... Read More

Tracks Trust raises funds for ramp

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust has managed to raise almost half of its $80,000 target to fund the construction of a ramp to ensure greater accessibility to the Lake Hawea swing bridge. According to Upper Clutha Tracks Trust trustee John Wellington,...... Read More

Internationals v locals at banked slalom

  Olympian Chris Corning is lining up to take on a field of kiwi snowboarders in the 2018 Treble Cone Banked Slalom this weekend. Chris has made a name for himself in both slopestyle and big air with two World Championships and World Cup titles...... Read More

The people behind Wanaka’s LandSAR team

Wanaka Land Search and Rescue is one of the busiest backcountry search and rescue groups in New Zealand, averaging 45-55 operations over a busy year, mostly between the November to March period. The 85 volunteers provide search and rescue support for...... Read More