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New fund for zero-waste projects

  Queenstown Lakes District Council has made funding available for new community-driven zero-waste projects across the district. “We’re thrilled to launch a contestable fund of $50,000 and invite inspiring ideas for projects that...... Read More

Tourist warned over drone use

Haast Senior Constable Paul Gurney has advised the public to call 111 if a drone is sighted operating near an airport after a tourist flew a drone over a hangar. On Monday, February 11, helicopter operators at Fox Glacier spotted a drone flying over...... Read More

Allan returns to Coast to Coast after hiatus

  Several of Wanaka’s strongest athletes are gearing up for this weekend’s Kathmandu Coast to Coast with one in particular who is returning after a six-year hiatus from the race and carrying a new appreciation of the event. Multisport,...... Read More

Wanaka Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 plan

More than 100 people turned up last week to hear the Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce (COC) launch its 2019 strategy and calendar of events at Lake Wanaka Centre. Ignite Wanaka COC vice chair Mike Toepfer and executive officer Naomi Lindsay presented...... Read More

ArtCell student scholarship supports local young artist

  The team behind Wanaka’s ArtCell have awarded their first Wanaka ArtCell Student Scholarship, funded from proceeds from their pop-up gallery. Former Mount Aspiring College (MAC) student Max Hall has been awarded the $2000 scholarship,...... Read More

Albert Town Bridge getting traffic lights

  Despite the rapid recent population growth, it’s been a point of pride that Wanaka was still small enough to not have any traffic lights; but that halcyon period is about to come to an end with the installation of permanent traffic lights...... Read More

Murray claims gold in Canada

Wanaka’s Craig Murray has claimed gold at the second stop of the 2019 Freeride World Tour in British Columbia, Canada. Murray said after the race, “It was a super cold day here, close to -30 in the morning but the sun came out and...... Read More

An about-turn on town centre speed limit

  Confusion reigned over the last week as speed signs in the town centre were taped over with rumour the limit had been reduced to 30kph. Council had issued a statement saying the reduced speed was an attempt to gauge how a more pedestrianised...... Read More

New primary school ramping up for the big reveal

  There’s a digger on site of the new primary school at Three Parks but don’t get too excited, Ian Hall, chair of the Establishment Board of Trustees, reports that this is the developer’s digger who is just tidying the ground...... Read More