Tracey Roxburgh

Excitement builds at skifield

Excitement builds at skifield

"Pretty stoked" is how the Remarkables Ski Area manager Ross Lawrence described the feeling ahead of the field's 2009 season opening this weekend.

Michael Hill allowed to build underground houses

Michael Hill allowed to build underground houses

Michael Hill could have been excused for popping a Champagne cork yesterday after independent commissioners John Matthews and Andrew Henderson granted resource consent for 17 underground houses to be built on The Hills golf course near Arrowtown.

Sewage in Lake Wakatipu

Sewage in Lake Wakatipu

A "minor" spill of about 1000 litres of sewage near the Frankton track about noon yesterday is being investigated by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Council's engineering department regroups

Council's engineering department regroups

The Queenstown Lakes District Council's engineering department restructuring, outlined in the council's 10-year plan, is under way.

Quad-bike death inquest to resume

The family of an Alexandra teenager who died more than two years ago may finally get some answers next week when his inquest resumes.

MP worried by drug arrests

MP worried by drug arrests

Queenstown's "party town" reputation, coupled with drug dealers targeting the resort during winter months to "ply their wares", creates an environment "where lawlessness can flourish", Clutha-Southland MP Bill English says.

Frustration and fun from fitful climate

Frustration and fun from fitful climate

From fog, to frost, snow and then sun, Wakatipu residents appear to have had four completely different weather patterns in four days.

Queenstown chooks fly the coop

Ten "chickens" will fly the coop in Queenstown this morning, hoping to convince motorists to give them a ride, and to get a flying start in The Edge Incredible Chicken Race.

Queenstown airport on flu alert

Queenstown airport on flu alert

Swine flu infection-control procedures at Queenstown Airport will be "ramped up" in the next two weeks ahead of the winter influx of Australian visitors.

Prassinos 'assessing his options'

Queenstown Lakes District Council watchdog Andre Prassinos says he is assessing his options after the council refused to apologise to him.