Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A man has been charged with careless driving causing injury following a bus crash in which a girl and woman lost limbs.

Emergency services arrived at the crash yesterday afternoon on the Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, southwest of Queenstown.

A tourist bus had rolled on to its side, and the Otago Daily Times understands a girl lost both hands in the crash, and a woman lost one hand.

Otago Lakes Area Commander Inspector Olaf Jensen says a 32-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury following the bus crash.

Those on board the bus, including the driver, are all Chinese nationals.

The man is expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court on Monday, January 27.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Twenty people are injured, including two seriously, after a bus rolled on Glenorchy-Queenstown Road about 7km southwest of Queenstown.

Police say the crash happened just before 2pm and the road, just south of Closeburn Road, is blocked.


Monday, January 20, 2020

A Queenstown tourism giant has begun building a village for its staff at Walter Peak, in response to rising Queenstown rents.

Real Journey's has spent 1.5 million dollars on three new houses for staff at Walter Peak High Country Farm.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A man has been charged with dangerous driving, following the death of an elderly woman in a collision on Queentown's Frankton Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency services were called the accident involving a motorcycle and two cars, just after 3:30pm.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Town met country for the 150th time in Queenstown on Saturday.

Thousands attended the annual Lake Hayes A&P Show with rain holding-off until the last horse had completed the show jumping event.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Members of the Cromwell Menz Shed have been overwhelmed by the support they've received from the local community to establish a base to work from.

The group, which has about 50 members, is now based from two, 40ft shipping containers at the Cromwell Racecourse.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Wanaka and Queenstown residents and business owners let out a collective sigh of relief this morning.

Both their respective lakes, Wanaka and Wakatipu, reached their peak levels earlier today without inflicting too much damage on the two townships.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

It is the time of year when the honey bees are swarming across the thyme-covered slopes of Central Otago.

Unfortunately, the bees are wasting their time, with beekeepers being paid around $4 a kilogram for thyme honey, when it costs around $6 a kilo to make.


Monday, November 18, 2019

The upgraded Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown was officially opened by Health Minister David Clark on Friday.

Consent for the upgrade was granted in June last year and was funded by the Southern District Health Board to the tune of 9.3 million dollars.

However, some of the upgrade's major assets, such as a state-of-the art CT scanner, has to be paid for with local donations and fundraising.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Two southern rural fire officers who returned on Thursday from fighting Australian bushfires are describing the devastation as "heartbreaking".

The pair, who spent a week away working up to 14 hours a day, are happy to be back home for some well earned rest.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The New Zealand Dog Agility Championships were held for the first time in Cromwell over Labour Weekend.

It was a busy day four days for competitors from across the country.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

More than a thousand school pupils from across the region descended on Queenstown this week, for the second annual Central Lakes Polyfest.

Pupils ranging in age from early childhood to eighteen took the stage in Queenstown to participate in kapa haka and Pasifika.

Numbers are almost double from last year, thanks to the enthusiasm of both teachers and pupils.

Polyfest has been running in nearby Invercargill for ten years, and attracts up to ten thousand pupils.

Which leaves organisers of the Queenstown-based event wondering if they've outgrown the venue.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

In just over a week, an equestrian park is set to open at Shotover Country near Queenstown.

The owner says there's nothing else like it in the lower South Island, and they hope to attract both local and visiting horse lovers to the business.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

A large housing development on Queenstown's former high school site will include 100 KiwiBuild apartments.

Minister of Housing Megan Woods formally announced the partnership between the Government and Ngai Tahu during a visit to the site yesterday.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Rural property owners in Queenstown are praising the fire and helicopter crews who tackled a massive scrub blaze on Saturday evening.

The fire burned an area of almost 150 hectares, and threatened homes in the remote area of Deep Creek about 40 minutes drive along Skippers Canyon Road.