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Where were your kids?

  Vandals have caused thousands of dollars of damage at a site on the Hikuwai residential development – prompting a call for parents to take responsibility. Developer Lee Brown has posted a $500 reward for information leading to the identification...... Read More

Albert reserve gets attention

    More than 20 volunteers planted 200 native plants at the Albert Town reserve last Saturday. Plants included endangered species including the carmichaelia kirkii, one of New Zealand’s native brooms. “It is great to reintroduce...... Read More

Q and A: QLDC Mayor Jim

    In the wake of moves to remove the Wānaka Community Board, and a petition to remove Wānaka from the Queenstown Lakes District Council, Mayor Jim Boult sought an interview with the Sun. He declined to be interviewed by Viv Milsom....... Read More

Plum job for Josh

  Wānaka electrician Josh Welsh-Parrant graduated at the Apprenticeship Training Trust’s celebration ceremony held online last Friday. The virtual event replaced the planned graduation celebrations that were to be held at The George, Christchurch...... Read More

‘A seriously good result…”

    It was the perfect storm in Wanaka last week when a 1960’s weatherboard home on Beacon Point Road sold for over $2.1m. This was more than double the rateable valuation, and while such sales are not uncommon in Wanaka, Gail Hudson,...... Read More

Council backs WCB

    Councillors have voted to retain the Wanaka Community Board in its present form, with all three Wanaka Ward Queenstown Lakes District Councillor positions retained.  The motion before this week’s meeting on Thursday was...... Read More

When ‘hard and early’ is wrong

    Tuesday’s apology by Auckland couple William Willis and Hannah Rawnsley for a flagrant breach of Lockdown rules was as orchestrated as the trip they took. The best one could say about the couple was that in keeping with Jacinda...... Read More

The man behind the petition

    A local bloke through and through, Dean Rankin was born and bred in Wanaka, and has spent most of his adult life in the town he loves.    His family originally moved to Wanaka from Cromwell back in 1971, and Dean was born...... Read More

Road closures planned

    National transport agency Waka Kotahi will carry out significant road repairs over the next week which will result in roads being closed.   Maintenance works on and near State Highway 6, will close the Kawarau Gorge, Kingston...... Read More

Lifeline for Board

  Wanaka’s Community Board is set to get a reprieve today when the Queenstown Lakes District Council meets. Following a wave of opposition to its proposal to dump the board at the next election, culminating in a petition to break away from...... Read More