Tracey Roxburgh

Privacy Act requirements may halt blacklist plan

Privacy Act requirements may halt blacklist plan

Plans to blacklist unsafe tourist drivers could be stymied by the Privacy Act, preventing rental car companies from sharing information about travellers deemed unfit to drive on New Zealand roads.

$75,000 to restore prison

Conservation Minister Nick Smith yesterday announced a grant of $75,000 for the restoration of the historic Arrowtown Gaol, enabling the Wakatipu Heritage Trust to forge ahead with fundraising.

Funding news expected

Funding news expected

Conservation Minister Nick Smith is expected to make an announcement about funding to assist with the restoration of the historic Arrowtown Gaol today as part of a visit to the resort.

Coastguard collecting old flares for disposal

Coastguard Queenstown is collecting old flares from boat owners to dispose of them safely, part of a South Island-wide collection.

Consortiums shortlisted for building schools

Two public-private consortiums have been shortlisted to construct four schools in New Zealand worth more than $200 million in total, including the new Wakatipu High School.

Warning not to cut centre costs too far

Warning not to cut centre costs too far

Consultants are warning the Queenstown Lakes District Council against pruning costs to the point where its proposed convention centre becomes ''a box''.

Cheers after 'yes' to convention centre

Cheers after 'yes' to convention centre

Cheers and applause erupted at the Lake Hayes Pavilion yesterday afternoon after the Queenstown Lakes District Council voted to proceed with its convention centre, opposed by Crs Cath Gilmour and Ella Lawton.

Decision 'relatively risk-free'

Decision 'relatively risk-free'

Tomorrow's decision by Queenstown Lakes district councillors on a proposed convention centre at Lakeview will not be ''an irreversible commitment'', chief executive Adam Feeley says.

Report for Lakeview convention centre

Report for Lakeview convention centre

It has taken three years, 10 reports and more than $500,000, but on Thursday the Queenstown Lakes District Council will be asked to approve a recommendation it forge ahead with its proposed convention centre on the Lakeview site.

'It's the most destructive thing'

'It's the most destructive thing'

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has been holding public meetings about regulating the sale and supply of psychoactive substances in the district. Tracey Roxburgh talks to a former Queenstown resident about his struggle with the products.