Tracey Roxburgh

Snow cover on way with cold fronts

Snow cover on way with cold fronts

Brace yourselves - snow is coming. Residents across Otago and Southland would be wise to stock up on firewood, dust off their winter woollies and have hot-water bottles at the ready.

Kakapo chicks exercise their charm

Kakapo chicks exercise their charm

Three ''rock stars'' of the bird world won over school pupils, residents and visitors yesterday during a historic outing to Arrowtown.

Drowned student's family: We don't want a repeat

Drowned student's family: We don't want a repeat

The family of the Indonesian student who died after being swept away while crossing a stream on the Milford Track say they hope steps will be taken so the tragedy is not repeated.

Safety behind bid to reclassify airspace

Safety behind bid to reclassify airspace

Ensuring the continued safety of all passengers and air operators in and around Queenstown is behind the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) formal review of the resort's airspace classification, which the authority proposes to change to class C (controlled).

Airlines to add 36,000 more transtasman seats in summer

Transtasman capacity to Queenstown will be boosted by almost 50% next summer by alliance partners Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia.

Snowguns fire up as skifield prepares for opening

Snowguns fire up as skifield prepares for opening

More than 100 snowguns were fired up on Coronet Peak on Wednesday, pumping snow across the trails for about 19 hours.

Regional policy launched by ORC

Regional policy launched by ORC

A small number attended the launch, in Queenstown on Monday night, of the Otago Regional Council's regional policy statement, aimed at shaping the region's future.

Grave fears for tramper; no trace found

Grave fears for tramper; no trace found

Further helicopter searches are expected today for a 22-year-old woman swept away on Monday while crossing a stream on the Milford Track.

Tramper safe

A tramper was found safe and well in the Rees Valley yesterday after being reported overdue by two associates on Sunday evening.

Stampede fired up for top season

The Southern Stampede ice hockey team is out to redeem itself this season after receiving a proverbial ''slap in the face'' last year.