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Lakefront closure divides opinion

  The recent trial closure of the lakefront has divided locals into those who love it and those who hate it, almost in equal measure if debate around town is anything to go by. There were heated exchanges online where critics and supporters...... Read More

Hawea wastewater grossly inadequate

  The Hawea Community Association (HCA) has grave concerns about the failure of its water supply and wastewater treatment and is seeking answers from the Otago Regional Council (ORC). It’s a problem that doesn’t stand in isolation...... Read More

Gender-balanced team makes race history

  With a balanced team, anything is possible. Team Perpetual Guardian set that benchmark last week by being the first equal-gendered team to nab the GODZone adventure race champion trophy. Wanaka-based Simone Maier, Emily Wilson and Marcel...... Read More

No such thing as casual racism

The recent trial closure of the lakefront has divided local opinion with many views expressed online in a variety of group discussions. One barb used in the divisive debate online was, ‘how long have you lived here?’ Some of those who have...... Read More

Likely fault line under Wanaka

A review of active fault lines and folds undertaken by GNS Science for Otago Regional Council has revealed a “likely” fault line under Wanaka. The report, which will be presented to ORC councillors today, reviews the locations and characteristics...... Read More

OPINION | Who cares in Wanaka?

  Relationship stresses, mental health issues and housing affordability are all top of the Alpine Community Development Trust’s concerns and outgoing Trust chair Margaret West certainly cares. Margaret joined the ACDT Board - which has...... Read More

Students strike for a better world

  Last Friday, students across the globe walked out of school to protest the little action being done by high ranking world leaders to combat global warming. About 200 Mount Aspiring College students flooded the Wanaka lakefront on Friday afternoon...... Read More

Dual-airport approach draws fire

Last week the Queenstown Lakes District Council began its review of the draft Statement of Intent (SOI) from Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC); the Intent being heavily scrutinised by some Councillors as well community action groups. The draft SOI,...... Read More

Feedback on speed reductions and bylaw open

There are those in the community who think the council’s proposed speed limit reductions are “daft” or “a joke” and others who are set to embrace a slower pace of life. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is giving...... Read More