Thursday, September 20, 2018

He's battled countless blazes, attended plane crashes and car smashes, but after 25 years Lee-Roy Mullings still loves working alongside his firefighting
mates.

The forty nine year-old Arrowtown resident has been presented with a medal acknowledging quarter of a century of volunteering with the town's fire brigade.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Just eleven customers remain without power in Glenorchy following Monday's big snow dump in the Queenstown Lakes region.

This footage, shot by a local resident, shows the volume of snow which fell in Glenorchy earlier in the week.

Aurora Energy says it battled extreme conditions to try and restore power to three thousand properties.

Heavy snow fell on trees, causing branches and power lines to fall on Glenorchy Road.

The township was cut off for a day while crews cleared the blocked road and it reopened to both lanes of traffc on Tuesday night.

An update on the Aurora Energy website says the remaining outages are affecting eleven customers in the wider Glenorchy area,

It's asking people to keep clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hundreds of people remain without power following yesterday's heavy dumping of snow in the Queenstown area.

The heavy snow began early yesterday and continued until about noon.

It loaded tree branches, bringing some down on to power lines and others across roads.

Crews battled extreme conditions yesterday to restore power to three thousand properties.

Lines company Aurora Energy has confirmed six hundred and fifty people don't have power today, including nearly four hundred customers in Glenorchy, due to difficulty getting though.

Aurora say they're unable to estimate when repairs will be completed until the extent of the damage is known.

MetService is predicting more snow next Monday.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Their bodies shook and their faces turned blue as New Zealand's best free-divers kept holding their breath in Queenstown over the weekend.

And for one competitor, it was a chance to show off her home region to her fellow free-divers.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Southerners have received a dose of reality today after basking in summer-like weather at the weekend.

Snow and heavy rain has fallen in parts of the South including Queenstown and Central Otago.


Friday, September 14, 2018

A Councillor has argued Crate Day isn't a Kiwi institution at a hearing to consider submissions on a proposed public alcohol ban in Queenstown.

The claim was made by Councillor Penny Clark in front of the resort's alcohol ban bylaw 2018 hearing panel at the Queenstown Lakes District Council's chambers.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

About thirty Queenstowners braved the cold and took the plunge to raise awareness of mental health today.

Dressed in fluoro colours, they heard from guest speakers about the R U Okay? campaign before diving into the icy depths of Lake Wakatipu.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Local identities are preparing to don their skates and hit the ice - although hopefully not literally - to raise funds for the Queenstown Ice Skating Club.

The fourth annual Stars on Ice event will be held in the resort at the end of the month.


Monday, September 10, 2018

She's sparkly, sassy, and she will survive.

Queenstown’s Winter Pride festival turned emotional at the Pride in the Park event, as a Queenstown teen drag queen made her debut in front of a cheering audience.


Monday, September 10, 2018

The man dramatically arrested after allegedly holing himself up in the toilet of a Frankton petrol station has pleaded not guilty to a raft of charges.

Forty year old Richard John Percival appeared in Invercargill District Court without legal representation this morning, and pleaded not guilty to eighteen charges.

They relate to an alleged crime spree across the South Island which ended on Saturday when he was arrested in Frankton.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Broadcaster Matty McLean can't quite believe a high school is holding its own Pride Week... and the fact it's his old high school has the openly-gay TV personality beaming from ear to ear.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Artist Jim Sheard is bursting with pride - but luckily, his art isn't.

The Queenstown balloon artist has just returned from a trip to Australia to hone his skills, to participate in one of the largest balloon art installations in recent years.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

It's gold this time around for Wanaka freeskier Nico Porteous.

Just over six months since claiming an Olympic bronze medal in halfpipe, the teenager has stamped his mark on the junior world championship halfpipe competition, held on his home mountain of Cardrona.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Wakatipu High School pupils have been left feeling pretty sweet today, thanks to a special delivery.

The roar of helicopter blades echoed around the school this afternoon as hundreds of lollies were dropped from the chopper onto the school lawn.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Snowsports lovers donned an array of weird and wonderful costumes over the weekend, as they attempted to pull off their best tricks into an ice-cold pool at The Remarkables.

It was all part of Queenstown's annual Jump and Freeze competition, with competitors vying to out-jump and out-dress each other for the thousand dollar prize money.