Monday, May 28, 2018

Questions are being raised over Queenstown Lakes District Council’s plans to evict 105 residents living at Frankton Motor Camp in Queenstown.

Camp manager Tracy O’Rouke explains why she is concerned about the eviction and the draft camping strategy.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Roads closed, flights cancelled, buses disrupted and schools delayed.

That was the situation in Queenstown today after the resort grappled with snow and bitterly cold temperatures.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Zealand Petrol prices have reached record levels with a few southern towns recording some of the highest prices.

Motorists in Queenstown are paying up to $2.45 cents a litre for 91 octane fuel.

However, cheap petrol can be found in Invercargill with prices below $2.20 a litre.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Frankton Motor Camp resident in Queenstown is speaking out about what he describes as 'being kicked out' of his home.

In an exclusive interview with the South Today, Brad Trainor explains why he thinks it’s ‘crazy’ for the Queenstown Lakes District Council to evict him and about 100 other camp residents in August 2019.


Monday, May 21, 2018

A Queenstown man has been charged with arson over a house and garage fire in the resort on Wednesday morning.

The 21-year-old is also charged with burglary and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

He was due to appear in Queenstown District Court today.


Monday, May 21, 2018

A postmortem will be held today for an Australian man who died on Saturday while on a commercial rafting trip on the Shotover River.

He was 31-year-old police officer Joshua Paroci of New South Wales, who died on the same stretch of Shotover rapids where a rafting guide died due to a medical event.


Friday, May 18, 2018

On average the Alpine Fault ruptures in a massive earthquake every 300 years, and the last big one was in 1717.

Scientists say their research reveals around 30 magnitude 8 quakes have shaken the southern alps over the last eight thousand years.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cromwell is hosting the Tri-Nations women's hockey series.

The games will see New Zealand's Black Sticks vie it out against the national teams from Australia and Japan.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Smokefree advocates in Central Otago and Southland say a change of policy around smoking in public spaces in Queenstown is likely to happen soon.

A Smokefree campaign started by a Queenstown woman this week has caused an uproar in the resort, as well as a huge response on social and international media.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It’s about to get very chilly in Queenstown in the next two weeks as winter kicks in.

MetService says a lot of southerly systems are heading towards the resort bringing with them chilly blasts and snow on the Crown Range and skifields.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A woman who collected more than 10,000 cigarette butts in a month from lakeside beaches around Queenstown, presented her case to Queenstown Lakes District Council this afternoon.

Liz Smith says council members listened to her and were responsive to her petition to make Queenstown beaches smoke-free.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Over five hundred vehicles have been abandoned in just over two years in the Wakatipu basin.

Figures released under the Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act reveal the number of disowned vehicles in Queenstown is climbing, up to 20 per cent over the last year.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Last May, Queenstown firefighter Gavin Mason was able to run up the Auckland Skytower.

However, days later he suffered a rare disease and he couldn’t even lift up one leg.

Today, the Queenstown Airport Rescue firefighter is fully recovered and has his eyes set on competing again at the Sky Tower Stairs Challenge in Auckland in two week's time.

meena.amso@southtoday.co.nz


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The patient wait by thousands of commuters in Queenstown is over. Motorists will finally be able to drive on both lanes of the $22 million Kawarau Falls Bridge from mid-afternoon on Thursday.

The bridge which connects Frankton to Kelvin Heights took two and half years to build, which was five months longer than planned.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The public at Queenstown Bay were treated to a new type of watercraft on Sunday.

It was a hydrofoil electric bike and created by a North Island business who are keen to demonstrate their prototype.