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Directors be warned

It was quite the surreal situation ... the former Prime Minister in the dock – not as a star witness, but as a defendant. How paradoxical that such an accomplished luminary – someone who’d once run the entire country – was...... Read More

Plastic Free Wanaka relaunches under new name and purpose

As people around the globe consider their plastic use today during World Turtle Day (May 23), a Wanaka environmental group has also announced their commitment to eradicate single-use plastics around Wanaka. Plastic Bag Free Wanaka relaunches today under...... Read More

Central Otago District Council appoints new manager

A chartered accountant with professional experience in the private sector and local government is now Central Otago District Council's (CODC) new executive manager of corporate services. Leanne Macdonald leaves her position as chief financial officer...... Read More

Are you and your kids cool, calm and collected?

a) Always (skip this article); b) If the stars align; c) I wish! (read on).   Most children experience some form of anxiety. Scared of the dark? Worrying something will happen to mum or dad? Sore tummy? Don’t want to go to school? Won’t...... Read More

REVIEW: Duo Col Legno

Duo Col Legno was an amazing concert last week in the Lake Wanaka Centre. Not only was it a musical spectacle but also a visual one. Marimba player Yoshiko Tsuruta literally danced her way along the marimba—the length of a van—wielding four...... Read More


The fraud complaints from online sites and social media sites are still rolling in. Please be careful when purchasing online and think of what assurances there are to ensure the transaction is likely to be honoured. Try not to be caught out. If something...... Read More

Looking for thespians: cultural masterplan consultation

What does Wanaka need? A proper theatre with a sprung stage for professional dancers? More touring performances from world-class acts? A public art gallery? A local history museum? A marae? A community art studio? A recording studio? Three Lakes Cultural...... Read More

Soulful film about Central Otago gets world premiere

The documentary film Central to the Soul, which deals with the communities of Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes districts via music, has been given a world premiere at the Doc Edge Festival. It will be screened at the Q Theatre in Auckland on June...... Read More

Hawea tackles the big topics

A public meeting was held by the Hawea Community Association (HCA) at the Lake Hawea Community Centre on May 11 with around 100 community members in attendance. At the top of the agenda was Wanaka Airport expansion. Residents expressed that they would...... Read More

Water main bursts in Hawea

The water supply to Lake Hawea residents is business as usual after a section of pipe failed on the reservoir side of the burst control valve last Sunday morning. According to Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), the exact cause of the failure...... Read More