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”We have lost so much” - DOC

A blessing has been held at the scene of Thursday morning’s fatal helicopter crash with family, friends, colleagues, community leaders and emergency services present. Pilot Nick Wallis (38), DOC senior ranger Paul Hondelink (63) and DOC biodiversity...... Read More

Helicopter crash victims named

The Wanaka Sun can now confirm the names of the three victims of yesterday’s fatal helicopter crash near Wanaka Airport. Local pilot Nick Wallis, the youngest of aviation entrepreneur Sir Tim Wallis, died in the crash, along with passengers Department...... Read More

DOC staff on board fatal crash

Department of Conservation (DOC) has confirmed that two staff members were on board today’s fatal helicopter crash that killed all three passengers this morning. A DOC spokesperson said the helicopter was on its way to undertake tahr control...... Read More

Police update: fatal helicopter crash

There were three people on board a Hughes 500 helicopter which crashed shortly before 11am today near Wanaka Airport. Inspector Olaf Jensen has confirmed that there were no survivors. "The victims’ families have been notified...... Read More

Fatal helicopter crash being investigated

  A four-person Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) team is travelling down to Wanaka to investigate today's fatal helicopter crash near Wanaka Airport that occurred just before 11am. The team is expected to arrive in town...... Read More

Youth Olympics: Cyclists Young and Maxwell

  Cyclists Phoebe Young (Wanaka) and her teammate Samara Maxwell (Taupo) have one day of competition to go at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. In the team format event, cyclists are competing in five disciplines: road race, time trial, criterium,...... Read More

Coastguard calls for support

Coastguard Wanaka Lakes is shelving its donation boxes for a new community appeal. The annual appeal initiative aims to raise awareness and funds for all of Coastguard New Zealand under the premise that “they don't just save lives, they save...... Read More

Kahu Youth sets restaurant charity record

  The results are in from this year’s popular "Takin' over AmiGos" charity event.  Kahu Youth Trust raised a record-setting $4063 during the tenth anniversary of the club's Wanaka AmiGos Mexican Grill takeover in...... Read More

New project launches coordinated AF8 response

  Wanaka is one significant step closer to a South Island coordinated response to the next severe earthquake on the Alpine Fault after the Project AF8's “SAFER Framework" launch on Monday. This news comes on the heels of Project...... Read More

Stakeholder Group wants Wanaka airport information

  A group of concerned Upper Clutha community members is encouraging residents to think more about airport noise boundaries. The Wanaka Stakeholders Group (WSG) was recently formed to allow local discussions around the proposed development of...... Read More