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New rules for Christmas campers

A set of new rules has been introduced for the Albert Town Campground in an effort to wipe out unruly behaviour over the Christmas holiday period. Most notably - and in line with other campsites in the area - bookings will now require a minimum age...... Read More

Further funding and name for new Luggate hall

Wānaka Community Board has agreed with the recommendation that $1 million from the Wānaka Asset Sale Reserve be allocated to the total project cost for the new Luggate community facility. That brings the total funding for the new community facility...... Read More

Run for Life Education

The Life Education Trust is inviting members of the community to get moving with their mascot, Harold the giraffe, and raise funds to keep the trust running. The Heartland Otago Southland charity educates and empowers over 250,000 children each year...... Read More

Wānaka tour operator finalist in NZ Food Awards

For the first time, a Wānaka tour operator, Ridgeline Adventures, has been named a finalist in the New Zealand Food Awards. The NZ Food Awards have this year pivoted from showcasing New Zealand’s best food and beverage producers to recognising...... Read More

Quality of Life Survey check-in

The annual Quality of Life survey has kicked off for the third year running at letstalk.qldc.govt.nz. Open to all members of the community aged 18 and over, the survey will run until 5.00 pm on Sunday 11 October 2020. The survey provides an opportunity...... Read More

Welcome Forest for migrants and newcomers

Human Rights Commissioner Meng Foon will join Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Mayor Jim Boult and local migrant families for a ceremonial tree planting event in Whakatipu-wai-Māori (Queenstown) on Saturday, October 10. Led...... Read More

Old cars amongst dumped Cardrona River rubbish

Almost 1,200kgs (1.2 tonnes) of rubbish was picked up along the banks of the Cardrona River as part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Clean Up Week last week.  Eighteen local volunteers picked up a shocking array of dumped trash - including...... Read More

New freshwater regulations add to the toll

I have been reading a lot about how farmers have to endure the new freshwater regulations (see pages 6 and 7). Farmers are pushing back but they are forever getting it in the neck for being a bunch of whiners, is my opinion. Otago farmers are no exception. Farmers...... Read More

Maternity care decision two months away

The future of maternity care in the Southern DHB's Central Lakes will be decided in November. The board has been consulting on where to locate primary birthing units and maternity hubs in Central Otago and Wānaka since February. At present, there...... Read More