Mark Price

Finally, the balloon goes up

Finally, the balloon goes up

Budgets permitting, the Nasa balloon team will be back in Wanaka next year.

Driving a Model A tests skill

Driving a Model A tests skill

If you are ever asked to drive an 84-year-old Model A Ford, this might help:There is an ignition key, but to start the motor press the button on the floor with your foot.

Rat operation almost over

"Team Rat" chief helicopter pilot Peter Garden, of Wanaka, is preparing to leave the remote South Atlantic island of South Georgia having completed a rat-eradication job that began nine years ago.

Pest control groups combine for battle

Pest control groups combine for battle

Twelve Upper Clutha groups dedicated to getting rid of rats, mice, stoats, ferrets, wild cats and possums will meet tomorrow to share their best eradication ideas.

Kill data from trap lines

Kill data from trap lines

Kill figures provided by the Matukituki Charitable Trust give some indication of the type and number of pests threatening native birds in the Upper Clutha.

Safety first: Nasa balloon stays down

Safety first: Nasa balloon stays down

''That's ballooning for ya'' appears to be the catchcry for those days when Nasa is about to launch one of its super-pressure helium balloons into the stratosphere, and then decides not to.

Balloon launch delayed again

Balloon launch delayed again

The launch of the Nasa high-pressure balloon from Wanaka Airport will not take place today.

Plan change sought for Ballantyne Rd

Wanaka developer Allan Dippie has applied to the Queenstown Lakes District Council to rezone 19ha of rural general land, on the edge of town in Ballantyne Rd, as industrial B and low density residential.

Balloon benefits abound

Balloon benefits abound

It might lack the machismo of a space rocket launch, but Nasa's launch of a super pressure helium-filled balloon from Wanaka Airport on Monday, weather permitting, gives New Zealand a tiny entree into the world of space exploration. Mark Price reports.

New vehicle for hospital transport

New vehicle for hospital transport

After almost eight years of providing transport for Wanaka people needing to visit Dunstan Hospital, at Clyde, the Wheels to Dunstan Trust is celebrating the purchase of a new vehicle.