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HARD CASE | New cellphone towers: what are your rights?

  A big, happy New Year, everyone. If Trade Me’s data was anything to go by, a fair few of you will be reading this – the first Hard Case of 2019 – on a shiny new portable device. Of the online trader’s top 10 most-searched-for...... Read More

Giving it a tri

  TriWanaka’s first race of its second series was held last Friday, with locals and holiday-makers getting together for the fun community event. Designed for all levels and ages, the series, which runs every Friday for the next four weeks,...... Read More

Beyond 2050: the future of Wanaka - have your say

  Now is the time to have your say on the future you’d like to see for Wanaka and the district. A draft vision currently available for feedback is seeking the public’s input on its vision statements, and the community has another...... Read More

Epic swims for the Epic Swim

Hundreds of swimmers took to the open water for the tenth annual Epic Swim on Lake Taupo last weekend, among them were Wanaka Swim Club coach Camille Gulick and squad member Emily Heath, 15. Heath and Gulick, who are also members of the Wanaka Lake...... Read More

Swing bridge ramp’s official opening

Swing bridge ramp’s official opening Upper Clutha Tracks Trust, along with Queenstown Lakes District Council Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod, are celebrating the official opening of the new access ramp to the Hawea River Swing Bridge with a mass...... Read More

Run with a purpose this Sunday

  There are two certainties to Wanaka: a love of exercise and a dedication to recycling. This Sunday provides an opportunity to combine both pastimes through plogging, the latest fitness trend that originated in Sweden. The word Plogga is derived...... Read More

Locals athletes among Halberg Awards finalists

Four local athletes - Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (snowboarding), Nico Porteous (freeskiing), Adam Hall (Para alpine skiing) and Corey Peters (Para alpine skiing) - are among the 27 finalists for six categories in the ISPS Handa Halberg Awards. The awards,...... Read More

Freedom campers or freeloaders?

  To encourage New Zealand freedom camping, or to discourage freedom camping, that is the question. It is one that spans energetic conversations, spurs council decisions and influences revenue. As of late, it is question of which one Upper Clutha...... Read More

Roys Bay regatta

Lake Wanaka was filled with sails over the weekend for the annual Mitre 10 Roys Bay Regatta, hosted by Wanaka Yacht Club. After three days of racing, the winners were: Craig Fahey (Senior Dinghy), Alex Bruce (Trailer Yachts), Mark Williams (Etchells),...... Read More

Second solo swim of Lake Wanaka

Despite an injury and an intensive training schedule, a Wanaka woman is diving head first into another solo attempt to swim the 45km length of Lake Wanaka to Roys Bay in remembrance of her late husband. Fiona (Fi) Fairbairn, 49-years-old, moved her...... Read More