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Second opening for restaurateurs

Wānaka’s newest restaurant was given an early jab by Covid - but thanks to this week’s announcement of a return to Level 2, owners James Stapley and Sam Cooper are gearing up again.   ARC, on the Ardmore Street site on the lake side...... Read More

Rates: more the merrier

  Ratepayers will be hit in the pocket a little less than expected – because there are more of them.   Queenstown Lakes District Councillors have approved  a rate take lift of 4.38% for 2021-2022 – slightly down on the...... Read More

The Rainbow connection

  Wānaka Community Board member Chris Hadfield has joined the ranks of those who improvise during lockdown.   The owner of Ritual Cafe in Helwick Street lamented the cancellation of the Winter Pride event in Queenstown - but wasn’t...... Read More

Billy’s no friend of the bunnies

Billy and the Bunny Catchers might sound like a 1970 pop group - they are very much in tune with 2021.   Rabbits are the number one pest in and around Wānaka, and while they breed all year round, now that spring has sprung they are getting especially...... Read More

UC-exit support grows

  Wānaka councillors say they understand the strong support for a petition calling for Upper Clutha to divorce Queenstown Lakes District Council.   But deputy-mayor Calum MacLeod has warned that separations are not simple, pointing to...... Read More

One in three vaccinated

Almost 30 per cent of people in the Southern Health Board district were fully vaccinated against Covid by Tuesday this week.   A total of 267,721 doses of the vaccine had been delivered in the Southern district, 87,268 of which were second doses,...... Read More

Council petition launched

  Father of three Dean Rankin has launched a petition to push for Upper Clutha to leave the Queenstown Lakes District Council.   His work comes as the council considers submissions against their plans to abolish the town’s community...... Read More

Celebrations plans were seven under

Wānaka’s golf club has announced it is postponing its centennial celebrations – by seven years. In a message to Wānaka Golf Club members president David Smallbone revealed that in researching the history of the club, which held a 75th...... Read More

‘Blokes’ support men’s health

  Fi ve students from Mount Aspiring College presented their YoungEnterprise initiative to consumers across the country as part of a new virtual market last Saturday.   The event was organised by the Young Enterprise Trust to help students...... Read More

A farewell ode to Ode

The last supper is a matter of days away for Wānaka restaurant Ode.  Owner Lucas Parkinson’s “roller coaster” ride at the helm was supposed to end on August 31.   But his time there, which has included a rebuild after...... Read More