Friday, August 18, 2017

More than 100 dogs and 30 mushers are taking part in the Wanaka Sled Dog Festival at the Snow Farm, on the Pisa Range, near Cardrona.

Tim Miller was up before the dawn this morning, joining some very enthusiastic dogs on snow.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is considering putting on the market, development rights for land once earmarked for a fifty-two million dollar convention centre.

The proposed convention centre was to have included a
seven-hundred-and-fifty seat meeting room, a huge banquet-exhibition hall, and other facilities.

At its meeting today, the council decided to seek public feedback on selling development rights to four hectares of the ten hectare block - once occupied by Lake View Holiday Park.
The matter is due to be considered again by the council next month.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The pilot of a light plane that crashed just after take-off at Queenstown Airport yesterday was'pretty shaken up', according to the plane's Queenstown owner Richard Lee.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority has begun an investigation into the crash of a light plane at Queenstown Airport this morning.

Senior media advisor for the authority Philippa Lagan said in a statement this afternoon the plane seemed to have experienced engine failure as it took off.

The crash disrupted ten commercial flights.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Queenstown police are continuing their investigation into a sexual violation incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident occurred in the residential suburb of Fernhill, south of the Queenstown CBD and police are appealing for information about any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the Mackinnon Terrace - Fernhill Road intersection between 1.30am and 3.30am.

In a statement, Detective Sergeant Brian Cameron says the indecent assault took place in the victim's bedroom after the attacker managed to enter through an unlocked door.

The male offender is described as a dark skinned male with a foreign accent. He is of average height, with an athletic build, and was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, .
Police are also seeking information from a young woman helped by the victim earlier in the night, near Starbucks in central Queenstown.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has spent the weekend in Queenstown house-hunting.

The tech mogul, who is fighting extradition to the United States, stayed in Eichardt’s Private Hotel’s $10,000-a-night hotel apartment, known as 'The Penthouse'.

Over the weekend Kim Dotcom posted photographs and videos on his twitter account showing him and his partner in the resort town.

The words 'moving to Queenstown' were among the captions to some of the images posted on his social media account.

Last month, a Hong Kong judge released some of his substantial fortune and four containers of possessions, enabling the move south.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A University of Otago expert says the decline in the quality of the water in New Zealand rivers and lakes may affect tourism.

Last week tourism lecturer Brent Lovelock told a water symposium a recent survey reveals tourists notice declining water quality which is affecting their experience.

Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd disputes this saying, 'there is no evidence at all that water quality in our region is creating any negative impact on visitors or tourism to Queenstown.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Queenstown residents have a chance to make submissions on a new 60 million dollar hotel proposed for the resort.

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel will have over 200 [two hundred] rooms and is the subject of a resource consent application to the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

The public have 20 days from now to have their say.

The hotel would be built at the corner of Stanley, Sydney and Melbourne Streets by Pro-invest Developments, who plan to include on-site accommodation for permanent staff.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The New Zealand Transport Agency has rolled out some new technology to predict and control avalanches in Fiordland.

Specialised equipment was flown to some tricky spots earlier in the year.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Three quarters of New Zealanders believe more funding for health and medical research should be a government priority and that the government should invest more funding in health research, according to a survey just released.

The Roy Morgan Research poll of more than 500 Kiwis was conducted for national health umbrella organisation - New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR).

Improving hospitals and the healthcare system was the most important issue for the government to focus on, the survey found.

NZHR chief executive Chris Higgins says Kiwis surveyed placed the highest priority on research to find ways to prevent illness and promote good health, and to improve the health system.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Queenstown restaurant was a winner at the Cuisine New Zealand Good Food Awards in Auckland on Monday evening.

Amisfield Bistro and Winery in Lake Hayes won the Innovation Award at the hospitality industry's biggest awards night of the year.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The University of Otago, in association with the Catalyst Trust, is holding the Winter Symposium 2017 in Queenstown tonight.

The event will feature speakers discussing issues important to the region, including water quality, tourism and the environment.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Green Party is in turmoil following Metiria's Turei's unwillingness to stand down from leadership.

Two senior MPs have quit the Green Party as Turei did not stand down as they wanted her to.

Co-leader James Shaw said last night he wanted to go further and expel the two MPs from the Green party.

The two MPs exiting the caucus are Kennedy Graham and David Clendon.

The disagreement started over Ms Turei's admission she had lied to welfare authorities twenty years ago.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Southern District Health Board did not go ahead with a recommendation to issue helmets to mental health staff.

Yesterday, the Otago Daily Times reported the board issued helmets after two assaults in which nurses were punched in the head area.

The information was in a written response to an Official Information Act request.

However, mental health nursing director Heather Casey says the helmets were a recommendation only.

She says it was discussed at a clinical level around one particular patient and a decision was made that helmets were not required as the acute situation had resolved.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Turning trash into fashion takes imagination, but it also takes time, say organisers of this year's Trashion Show.

Cromwell Community Arts Council adviser Heather McPherson, says they've called for early registrations for the October event.

McPherson says they have an 'anything goes' philosophy, as long as it involves trash or recycled materials.

She says in the past, designers have used shower curtains, plastic bags, a straw hat, school uniform, pipe cleaners, coffee bags, bread-bag tags and much more.