Mark Price

Getting message across

Getting message across

How to cross a river with a rope and a milk container was just one of the skills passed on to a group of new hunting guides at a week-long course based at Glen Dene Station, Lake Hawea, this week.

Supreme young volunteer of the year

Supreme young volunteer of the year

Maddison Frazer (11) has been awarded the title of Wanaka's supreme young volunteer of the year.

Praise and criticism for decision to proceed at Three Parks

The Queenstown Lakes District Council's decision yesterday to proceed with a new community swimming pool in Wanaka's Three Parks subdivision was both praised and condemned in the town last night.

Worth the wait

Worth the wait

After six years of waiting, Loris King, of Wanaka, has watched her spectacular Cardiocrinum giganteum, or giant Himalayan lily, flower this week.

Staffing plan needed, but too busy 'to worry about'

The hospitality industry in Otago's tourist towns has acknowledged it needs a plan to overcome a severe shortage of skilled staff.

Hut users see end to holiday tradition

Hut users see end to holiday tradition

Hunter Valley Station, Lake Hawea, is associated with years of news stories about public access - the latest being Thursday's delayed reopening to the public of Meads Rd that runs through the station to the Department of Conservation camp at Kidds Bush. But, as Wanaka bureau chief Mark Price reports, public use of Meads Rd is not the only access issue the station has been embroiled in this year.

Council negotiates Kidds Bush access

Council negotiates Kidds Bush access

 Public access by road to the Department of Conservation's Kidds Bush camp ground, on the shores of Lake Hawea, has been restored for the holiday period.

Too few chefs in the kitchen

Too few chefs in the kitchen Wanaka and Queenstown restaurateurs are desperately searching for staff to keep their businesses going over the summer holidays.

Swimmers see benefits of a big pool

Swimmers see benefits of a big pool

The idea of a swimming pool for Wanaka of the same dimensions as Dunedin's Moana Pool got the thumbs-up from swimmers at a Queenstown Lakes District Council public hearing yesterday.

Track like many - extreme care needed

Track like many - extreme care needed A Wanaka family warned nine years ago the Fern Burn track could be treacherous, and on Monday it proved so for a 68-year-old woman who died after a fall.