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Adaptive snow sports ensures the snow is for all

Snow Sports NZ has set up agreements with every commercial ski area in New Zealand, along with many overseas, to aid disabled people in experiencing adaptive snow-sports.  The organisation aims to support those with permanent functional impairments...... Read More

Contest goes down to the wire

The Wanaka bowls team, after seeming set for an easy victory, had a narrow escape to beat neighbourly rivals Hawea by the slightest of margins. The annual challenge between the clubs for the Val and Cliff Garrett Trophy was held on Sunday, July 7, in...... Read More

Cost of dying goes up

Fee charges for cemeteries will go up from August 1 this year, the Queenstown Lakes District Council has announced. The charges will include changes to make headstones and monuments more robust, promote good health and safety practices for sextons and...... Read More

Alexandra hospital temporarily closes

Charlotte Jean Maternity Hospital was forced to close for 36 hours on July 6 and on July 9 as a result of insufficient staffing levels. Facility manager Sue O'Brien reportedly sent the region's midwives a Facebook message that indicated an apology...... Read More

Money, money, money… in a rich man’s world

Money worries are high on the list of concerns that people contact Community Networks Wanaka about, as living in our beautiful town comes with a high price tag. The mountains and the lake may be priceless but housing is expensive to rent or buy (and to...... Read More

New scanner makes life a little safer

Diagnostic services at Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown will be enhanced with a state-of-the-art CT scanner, now installed and operational, which will benefit the Wakatipu basin and surrounding areas. The Siemens 128-slice SOMATOM go.Tope scanner,...... Read More

Senior women rally against the odds

With no coach, no supporters, no subs and no goalie (the latter playing for the U18 Southern team in Auckland), the Upper Clutha Senior Women’s team faced an uphill battle in their game against Queenstown.  While they could have defaulted,...... Read More

Dynamic music duo in Queenstown

Two Kiwi musicians will be in Queenstown this weekend performing a number of original songs with New Zealand band Katchafire in anticipation of their full length debut album. Dillastrate consists of Henare ‘H’ Kaa on lead vocals and drums,...... Read More

Cromwell is lighting up winter

This Saturday, the Cromwell Mall will spring alive to light up the winter gloom with dazzling lights, entertainment and a night market for all ages. ‘Light Up Winter’ this year has been organised by the Cromwell Districts Promotion Group...... Read More

Work starts on temporary hall

Preparatory work has begun ahead of the delivery and installation of the temporary replacement of Luggate Memorial Hall. The immediate site for the relocatable building will be fenced off to allow for pile holes to be excavated over the next week. A site...... Read More