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Freedom camping hubs proving successful

The stats are in and the free hubs and overnight campsites provided by Queenstown Lakes District Council have proven to be successful. Rebecca Pitts from QLDC says that 3000 vehicles have used the Ballantyne Road Service Hub and approximately 1500 have...... Read More

Restricted fire season in force

A permit is required to light an open air fire in the Central and Queenstown Lakes zones as a restricted fire season is now in force. The decision was made by Fire Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) due to the elevated fire indices and the long range outlook...... Read More

Vicious dog attack

  On December 27, a man holidaying in Clyde was attacked by a dog while he was cycling on the Clyde-Alexandra river track. This was a serious attack and the man received 15 stitches and spent two nights in hospital. The dog is thought to be...... Read More

Grebe Diary 10 | December 30 2018

  On December 24, I did the grebe rounds with young Carter Kelly and was able to record that things appeared to have recovered with 10 nests with eggs. As reported earlier, we try to record the lay date of the first egg (which we mark with...... Read More

Police seek public’s help after Lake Hawea attack

  Police are seeking help from the public following the rape and assault of a 22-year-old woman in Lake Hawea on Friday, December 28. A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with rape, unlawful sexual connection and male assaults...... Read More

Annual rodeo attracts crowds, competitors

  About 180 contestants competed at yesterday’s Wanaka Rodeo in front of a crowd of thousands. There were eight rodeo events contested on the day: bareback, rope & tie, saddle bronc, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and the...... Read More

Tips to reduce 2019 waste

  As Wanaka moves towards a reduced waste new year, the country's Ministry of Environment (MOE) offers easy suggestions on how to cut down on home waste in 2019. When dining, say “no” to single-use plastics, such as straws and...... Read More

Toxic algae in Hawea River

The toxic algae phormidium has been sighted in Hawea River, upstream of Camphill Road bridge. Phormidium and an increasing number of other cyanobacterial species are known to produce toxins. Known as cyanotoxins, they can be a threat to humans and animals...... Read More

R&A ups its eco credentials

  Festivals can be messy affairs which generate a huge amount of waste. Tens of thousands of plastic cups, and food dishes, along with cheap discarded tents has created tonnes of waste in the past. But the demand for more eco responsibility is...... Read More

Welcoming 2019

  Signing out for 2018 seemed to go smoothly across the Upper Clutha as the weather played nice and people, for the most part, played by the rules. The sheer number of people in town was made evident not just in the queues at New World, but...... Read More