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Where are all those wallabies?

In recent years, Bennett’s wallabies have been trying to establish themselves in Otago.  The Otago Regional Council (ORC) Biosecurity Team is asking the community to let them know ‘Where’s Wally?’ to help find and control...... Read More

Review of the New Zealand String Quartet

A large and very appreciative audience loved the concert by the New Zealand  String Quartet in the Lake Wanaka Centre on Tuesday evening, partly as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven but also as a twin celebration...... Read More

Happy 10th birthday, Aspiring Avalanche Dogs

A fundraiser event generating $5,000 for local charity Aspiring Avalanche Dogs (AAD), took place at the b.social café at Anderson Heights last Saturday night. The fund was a gratefully received tenth birthday present for the Treble Cone-based...... Read More

Young Wānaka mum dies after short battle with cancer

Young mother of two small children Kate Callaghan has died of cancer at the age of 36 years. The Wānaka holistic- nutritionist died on Thursday surrounded by loved ones, her friend Emma Simpson said on social media. Callaghan first felt a lump in...... Read More

Cardrona opening on par with last year

Around 1,800 people flocked to Cardrona Alpine Resort for opening day last Friday, with 1,600 getting out on the snow on Saturday. General manager Bridget Legnavsky told the Wānaka Sun this was “on a par” with last year. Opening weekend...... Read More

Northlake drops appeal against Wānaka Medical

On June 23 Northlake Investments abandoned its appeal of the judgment of the Invercargill High Court in which Justice Rob Osborne dismissed Northlake's claims against the Wānaka Medical Centre Justice Osborne later also awarded Wānaka Medical...... Read More

QLDC film office offers temporary film permit relief

The newly established Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Film Office will dedicate $10,000 toward permit fee relief for film production activity taking place on council land as a coronavirus recovery initiative. Currently, fees for filming on...... Read More

ORC adopts Annual Plan for 2020-21

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) adopted its Annual Plan for the next financial year last Wednesday. Changes to the plan’s funding and financial forecasts, following consultation, hearings and deliberation, eliminated a proposed general rates...... Read More

ORC reference groups populated with accomplished members

Reference groups have been assembled to assist with the review and development of ORC’s new Regional Policy Statement [RPS] The RPS sets the direction for future management of Otago's natural and physical resources. It also provides the foundation...... Read More