Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Central Otago's creative felters are gearing up for the biggest event on their craft calendars, in recent times.

More than 90 registrations have been received, for the 15th convergence of felters, affectionately dubbed "Felting Frenzy".

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A war of words has erupted over the proposed Wanaka airport expansion.

This follows an accountant's analysis saying to be commercially viable, the airport would need a jet flight every ten minutes.

Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult says the report is fundamentally wrong.

But the report's author says the airport and council council are either hiding something or do not have all the information.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

School pupils were busy on Tuesday planting flaxes and grasses at the Matakauri Wetlands near Queenstown.

Coming from nine different Central Otago schools, the pupils visited Queenstown on Tuesday as part of a hui on climate change

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Some Queenstown residents are angry after two trees in the town centre were felled to make room for bus stops.

Three existing bus stops, on Camp Street, will move to Stanley Street to minimise disruption during upgrades to O'Connells Mall.

On Monday morning two large birch trees on Stanley Street were cut down, to make way for the new bus stop.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins visited Queenstown last week to announce plans to pump $27 million into Otago and Southland schools.

The intention is to cater for growing school rolls and includes $17 million to build a new primary school near Queenstown.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A coroner has said a Czech tramper who died while hiking the Routeburn track three years ago was likely to have succumbed to hypothermia.

The 27-year old Ondrej Petr died near Lake Mackenzie after he and his partner became disoriented in bad weather.

Monday, September 2, 2019

On Saturday night, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra gave its first Queenstown performance in the orchestra's 53-year history.

They played before a full house at the Wakatipu High School auditorium, with about 330 tickets sold.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The rainbows have been rolled out and Queenstown is ready to host the largest gay Pride event in its history.

The 10-day Winter Pride officially begins on Friday and organiser Martin King says the support for the inclusive festival from the Wakatipu community is 'next level'.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A house was significantly damaged by fire and at least two people were treated for smoke inhalation in Queenstown on Tuesday morning.

Monday, August 26, 2019

It was a case of deja vu, on Monday, as the Queenstown District Council voted to reject a modified version of the Local Airport Corporation's statement of strategic direction.

At the end of last month, the same council rejected the Queenstown Airport Corporation's original statement.

The airport anticipates passenger numbers to exceed those allowed by existing air noise boundaries, within the next few years.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Earlier this year, more than 80% of Lakes district residents voted in favour of the Queenstown Lakes District Council's levy proposal.

However, a Wanaka motelier says, the softening tourist market means: accommodation providers, rather than tourists, will end up paying the proposed 5% "bed tax".

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A group dedicated to preserving Queenstown's maritime history is steaming ahead with its latest project.

The Wakatipu Community Maritime Preservation Society is creating an annex to The Boat Shed cafe, where it intends to display items from Queenstown's maritime history.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

An Australian man, who asked his friend to shoot him with an air gun, is refusing to identify the other man.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cromwell College pupils are adding their voices to fight against the invasive lake weed lagarosiphon in Lake Dunstan.

The youngsters have created their own video calling for more funding to help fight the aquatic pest.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Central Otago Young Winemaker of the Year competition was held in Cromwell recently.

Local organisers say the event is great for the region as well as encouraging the next generation of winemakers coming through.