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Local scam targets popular concert

Facebook scams have been sweeping the area and stealing hundreds of dollars from locals. A popular scam includes offering tickets to the sold out Gibbston Valley concert, only for the buyer to be blocked after transferring the money.  Matt Ecroyd...... Read More

Sadowski-Synnott nominated for Halberg

The Halberg Foundation has announced 26 finalists for six categories at the 57th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards – New Zealand’s pre-eminent event to celebrate and honour sporting achievements from 2019. The ISPS Handa Halberg Awards judges reviewed...... Read More

Jet boat explodes on Lake Hāwea

Lake Hawea played host to a near-tragedy on Monday the 13th a jet boat exploded.   “I have never seen a boat on fire before, it was exciting and scary. Once we realised what was happening we were concerned there were people still on...... Read More

Hawea SHA consent hearing dates set

Queenstown Lakes District Council has set the date for the controversial Special Housing Area in Hāwea resource consent hearing. The application is for the subdivision to establish 480 residential allotments and eight reserve lots.  Land use consent...... Read More

Comment: Nazi salute is deeply worrying

“Words matter. Be careful what you say, be careful with your words, the Holocaust began with words” —  a quote from Deborah Lipstadt, world-renowned historian on the Holocaust.  The actions of one individual that was recently...... Read More

Callaghan returns home with shrunken tumour

Mum of two, Kate Callaghan, who was diagnosed with stage four metastasised cancer at the end of last year has returned to Wānaka after three weeks in Mexico undergoing alternative therapies at Hope4Cancer in Cancun.  The 35-year-old suffered...... Read More

Water wastage questioned

A concerned local contacted the Wānaka Sun about the use of sprinklers along the lakefront, questioning why they were aimed at concrete and turned on whilst it was raining.  The sprinklers’ ineffectiveness was on full display this week...... Read More

Letter to the editor: Wānaka rodeo neo-Nazi salute

Lyal Cocks: President, NZ Rodeo Cowboys Association "It was very disappointing to see the standard of journalism at the Wānaka Sun has plummeted to the level evident in last week's article on the Wanaka’s Rodeo.  The article’s...... Read More

Made in Wānaka

Pondering your New Year’s resolutions to find a new job or follow your dreams into the unknown? Meet one local who did just that —  taking what he had in his hands, to forge and new business in Hāwea.   Having passion as fuel,...... Read More

Millions lie in wait for winner

Twizel is a mere 1.5 hour drive from Wānaka so it is in the realm of possibility that someone from Wānaka, or someone travelling through the district, won the $17.1million that is yet unclaimed from the December 28 draw.  “A lot of Kiwis...... Read More