Tracey Roxburgh

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.

Access road funding unlikely before next July

Access road funding unlikely before next July

It was unlikely any funding from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) for the bulk of the Eastern Access Rd would be allocated before next July, southern planning and investment manager Ian McCabe said yesterday.

Developer thrilled store going ahead

Developer thrilled store going ahead

It has taken three years of legal battles but Queenstown will get a Pak'n Save and Mitre 10 Mega store at Frankton Flats, after no appeals were lodged against approved resource consents.

Trooping the colour

Trooping the colour

The first coloured police cars began active duty in the Southern district yesterday, aiming to lower the number of serious and fatal crashes in Otago and Southland.