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New year, same old rubbish

Despite a large-scale clean up last winter, new signage installed by Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), and the continued efforts of Clean up the Cardrona coordinator Chrissie Thomson, illegal dumping has continued at the Cardrona riverbed, with...... Read More

Crown Range crashes concern Police

New Zealand has been slammed as the ninth deadliest nation in the world to drive in, according to a new survey by London financial website Nerdwallet. With a higher than usual number of vehicle mishaps on the Crown Range alpine pass these holidays so...... Read More

Mountain Film and Book Festival invites entries

Entries are now open for the nineteenth NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival according to Festival director Mark Sedon of Lake Hawea. The Festival was severely curtailed in 2020 due to Covid-19, but was one of New Zealand's first events to return to...... Read More

Ongoing support for Sounds Air flights

The 45-minute flights between Christchurch and Wānaka Airport that started in November are continuing to be well supported by Wānaka and Christchurch people.  Sounds Air chief executive Andrew Crawford said he was very pleased with use of the...... Read More

Wānaka artists encouraged to enter awards

Budding young artists in Wānaka, and established ones, are being encouraged to start thinking about the Central Otago Arts Gold Awards this year, with prizes on offer of up to $10,000.  This is a biennial art competition run by the Central Otago...... Read More

“Knife-edge” honey prediction for local producers

It could be a boom or bust for local honey producers this season, dependent on the weather through January. Beekeepers said the recent rain was a much-appreciated boon, and if the next month was a hot one, they could be looking at a stellar harvest. Steve...... Read More

Sharp decline in visitor numbers to Wānaka tracks

New Department of Conservation (DOC) figures are showing a sharp decline in walkers on Roys Peak and Mt Iron tracks, down 42 percent and 67 percent respectively over the spring compared to the previous year. DOC said from September to October’s...... Read More

Boaties asked to avoid areas laid with weed mats

Boaties seeing new yellow buoys with red and black stickers on them at locations around Lake Wānaka can expect there to be weed-prevention mats lurking beneath and should avoid them.   Before the end of 2020  LINZ will install 15-20 buoys...... Read More