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MAC athletes outrun competition

  Twelve Mount Aspiring College (MAC) students put one foot in front of another to take home medals and high recognition at the 46th New Zealand Secondary School Track and Field and 44th Road Race Championships in Dunedin last weekend. Their...... Read More

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Freedom camping hubs

  QLDC recently surveyed residents on their views re: freedom campers in the central Otago region. The results show the majority are against freedom campers living for free and increasingly fouling the environment. Despite this, recent government...... Read More

Police call for leads in Hawea Fire

Wanaka Police have appealed for information following two scrub fires started by people shooting fireworks from a ute early last month. no new leads have been forthcoming. At around 5.20pm on Friday, November 2, a roman candle-type firework was lit...... Read More

Open bring stars to the course

  Representatives from NZ Golf and Sport Otago watched on as two of the region’s brightest young stars delivered on Sunday at the 2019 Wanaka Junior Open.   Jack Turner took out the main prize with an impressive one under par 69,...... Read More

Newcastle Track stays open despite worsening erosion

  Upper Clutha bicycle riders and walkers will need to take extra caution when accessing parts of Newcastle Track near Luggate as last week’s storm water has resulted in further erosion of an already major slip on the track. A local man,...... Read More

Wastebusters aims to bring back container recycling refunds

Wanaka Wastebusters gave away cash for recycling to support the Kiwi Bottle Drive national day of action on Tuesday. During two hours that afternoon, every customer who recycled a drink bottle or can at the recycling centre received a refund of 10 cents...... Read More

Six month plan to ditch plastic bags

  Wanaka Wastebusters staff are thrilled about New Zealand Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage’s leadership to ban single-use plastic bags nationwide, considering the news a big win and step in the right direction. The recently announced...... Read More

Wanaka electricity upgrade completed

  A major upgrade to Wanaka’s electricity supply officially opened yesterday after two years of work and more than four years of planning. Aurora Energy’s newly completed Riverbank Road Substation, located opposite of Wastebusters,...... Read More

Thousands raised for new hall

Volunteer firefighters Ethan French, Tamati Gurau-Reynolds and Sam Jenkin were first out of the gate in the Hobby Horse Derby at Hawea Flat School’s country fair on Saturday. The three Lake Hawea Volunteer Fire Brigade crew members were however...... Read More

Grebe Diary 4 - November 18, 2018

I finished last week’s diary paddling towards the shore with a badly injured 200g grebe chick in my kayak, pondering what I should do with it. So I digress even further from grebes to explain my decision. I have had a long interest in wildlife...... Read More