Queenstown has become the first town capable of getting the fastest mobile data speeds in the country.
Queenstown CBD, Frankton, Arrowtown, and some areas in between are all covered by the next-generation network as 4.5G was switched on earlier this week across five mobile towers in the area.
4.5G can deliver up to three to five times more speed and capacity than 4G from a single mobile tower to compatible devices.
Convicted drink-drivers can expect to see their name, age and alcohol levels on the front page of Queenstown's Mountain Scene newspaper.
The paper has begun a campaign to highlight the escalating drink-driving issues in the resort town.
Otago Country came away from Waikaia with a confidence-boosting 19-10 win over Southland Country yesterday.
Otago Country started off strongly, with centre Rhys Harrold crossing inside the first minute, then converting from the touchline.
Clutha-Southland Member of Parliament Todd Barclay has announced he will not seek re-election at the general election later this year.
Barclay has been embroiled in controversy over allegations he secretly recorded the conversations of one of his Gore staff members.
Barclay made his announcement after meeting senior National Party members this morning.
On the streets of Queenstown and Winton today, the response was mixed.
National MP Todd Barclay has today announced he will not stand as the candidate for Clutha-Southland in the 2017 election, and will leave Parliament at the end of this term.
“This has been a hard decision to make, but it is in the best interests of our government and the National Party,” Mr Barclay said. Police are assessing recent information in relation to their investigation of the embattled National MP.
The South Today asked the locals and visitors of Queenstown regarding their views on the matter.
Doctor Ella Lawton appears to have won the seat on the Otago Regional Council left vacant by the death in March of her mother Dr Maggie Lawton.
Preliminary results show Lawton, of Wanaka, leading Gary Kelliher, of Alexandra, by 7184 votes to 5213 votes.
Voting ended at noon today, but votes in transit and special votes are still to be counted.
A number of infrastructure projects designed to ease traffic congestion in the Frankton area of Queenstown are expected to be completed on Thursday.
The projects include stage one of the Eastern Access Road, the Queenstown Airport’s park-and-ride facility, an extension of lanes at the problematic BP roundabout and a ban on public parking on SH6.
Winter traffic congestion in Queenstown is expected to ease with the long-awaited Eastern Access Road project opening next week.
The 2.5 kilometre, $25 million dollar stretch of road at Frankton passes around the back of the Queenstown Airport runway.
Queenstown police and the New Zealand Fire Service have been at Kelvin Heights carrying out a scene examination after a body was discovered in a flaming car.
Police, including members of the armed offenders squad, swarmed the suburb after reports of the explosion in Jardine Park at 9.30 last night.
The Otago Regional Council’s environmental officers are investigating what has caused the recent deaths of brown trout in Mill Creek near Arrowtown.
They have collected water samples at several points along the creek last week and again today, both upstream and downstream of where the dead fish were found several days ago.
The samples are being analysed by two laboratories to establish the presence of pesticides or other chemicals and heavy metals.
Results from the analysis are expected within a week.
Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise has been spotted departing a helicopter at Queenstown Airport today.
The actor, and actors Simon Pegg and Henry Cavill are in the town filming on various sets around the area for the sixth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise.
Pegg and Cavill have been posing for photos with locals, while Cruise has been seen getting out of various aircraft at the airport.
At least two sets are in operation in the area.
Matt black helicopters have been seen flying around the Kinloch set last week.