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Float Fit fun

Planking on a floating mat in a pool in the middle of winter has arrived in Wanaka and with it comes a serious dose of hilarity, with the promise of rock hard abs.  Eight fearless guinea pigs tried out the new Float Fit class at the Wanaka Rec Centre...... Read More

Local election nominees announced

Nominations have closed and names have been published for those who will officially stand for Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), Wanaka Community Board (WCB) and Otago Regional Council (ORC) during this year’s local body elections.  QLDC...... Read More

Profile: Making waves with Jonathan Walmisley

Jonathan Walmisley has spent the past seven years volunteering for Coastguard Wanaka Lakes (CWL), first as a secretary and, since 2014, as the president.  CWL is a volunteer emergency response marine search and rescue organisation that covers Wanaka...... Read More

Chamber Music Workshop in Wanaka

A number of Central Otago classical musicians collaborated in a workshop-style intensive to learn more about chamber music last weekend. The two days were organised by Wanaka flautist Allen Hogan, who arranged tutors from around the country to lead the...... Read More

Full house for the Hebbard Trophy

The walls were nearly bulging in the Wanaka Bowling Club stadium last Thursday (August 15) when a full house of 10 teams entered for a major winter tournament: the Mixed Fours Hebbard Trophy. A team put together by event sponsor Alison Hebbard was included...... Read More

Soiree raises $54,000 for Cardrona Valley falcons

Real Journeys Birds of a Feather Ball raised $54,000 last Saturday to support and gain insight into the alpine habitat of New Zealand’s at-risk kārearea falcon. Wayfare chief executive Richard Lauder said this event was the first time two of the...... Read More

Alice Gott: from Dunedin to Berlin

The Concert Society brought the Lazarus String Quartet to play at the Lake Wanaka Centre for an evening of Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven on Tuesday night. The quartet was founded by Dunedin-born Alice Gott while the young musicians were studying music...... Read More

Niamh Shaw running for Council Wanaka Ward

Nominations for the local elections closed at midday today and the last name was submitted from Niamh Shaw who is running for the Wanaka Ward seat: "I am a wife, mother of two primary school kids, and Wanaka resident. I’m running for council...... Read More

Local MP Jacqui Dean votes against abortion reform

New Zealand’s new legislation that would decriminalise abortion will be sent to a parliamentary Select Committee after it overwhelmingly passed its first reading last Thursday.  Of the 120 Members of Parliament, all of whom were free to...... Read More

Boult pushes pause

Mayor Jim Boult pushed pause last Thursday in regards to further expansion of the Wanaka Airport which is causing “stress, anxiety, dissent and downright vitriol” amongst the residents of both Wanaka and Queenstown.  “[We] need...... Read More