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$33.5 million set to revamp Mt Aspiring College

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed that $33.5 million of government funds would be awarded to finance the redevelopment of Mount Aspiring College (MAC)l, recently named the largest in Otago. In one of his last acts as principal, Wayne Bosley...... Read More

Warbirds Barnstorming Rides Day

Two warbird aircraft owners are determined to do their bit to ensure the southern hemisphere's largest warbird airshow returns to Wānaka in two years’ time.  Nelson-based Bill Reid and Graeme Frew from Blenheim are bringing their aircraft...... Read More

Applications open for QLDC event funding round

Applications have now opened for Queenstown Lakes District Council’s (QLDC) annual Events Fund. Event organisers can submit their funding applications until 5.00pm on Friday 31 July 2020. The events fund aims to promote and support a balanced portfolio...... Read More

So what’s the deal with all those tahr?

An issue that seems to have the nation polarised at the moment (a nice change from COVID) it what to do with all those tahr. Tahr have been scrambling around our mountains for at least a century and a half, and their numbers have increased to around...... Read More

Public Meeting on the location of primary birthing unit

 The Southern District Health Board is inviting members of the Central Otago and Wānaka communities to a public meeting on the location of primary birthing facilities in Central Otago/Wānaka. The meeting will be held on Thursday 23 July, from...... Read More

MAC bids farewell to Principal Wayne Bosley

The end of the school term last week marked Wayne Bosley’s official step down as principal of Mount Aspiring College (MAC), following his resignation on May 25.  Bosley, who served the school for over twenty years as deputy principal and...... Read More

Get ready for the election

With the 2020 general election set for September 19, the Electoral Commission is reminding New Zealanders to prepare to vote. “It’s less than three months now until the election when you choose the people and parties that represent you in...... Read More

ORC elects Andrew Noone as new chair

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) voted in an extraordinary council meeting Wednesday morning to remove Marian Hobbs as chair. The vote passed by nine votes to two, with one abstention. Following the vote, councillors elected Andrew Noone as chair....... Read More

Rockburn’s New General Manager

Award-winning Cromwell vineyard has a new General Manager, following an announcement last month. According to Rockurn, Tim Severne has significant sales and marketing management experience working with leading New Zealand companies such as Glengarry...... Read More

SPCA desperate for foster homes

SPCA is calling for Kiwis in the Queenstown Lakes District and Central Otago to open their hearts and their homes, and be foster parents for animals in need.    The organisation is desperately seeking volunteer foster families to give...... Read More