Mark Price

Rabbiter puts ferrets to work

Rabbiter puts ferrets to work

Rarely is a good word said about ferrets in New Zealand. After all, they eat our native birds. But, as Mark Price reports, Hyde rabbiter Stephen Dickson has been working with them for three years now, and has built up a certain ... admiration.

Winter weather beginning and end of events

Winter weather beginning and end of events

The great thing about being an ODT reporter is having an excuse to ring people for a bit of a yarn. Half the time the results are just kind of interesting but not really ''news''. Today the Wanaka team shares the best and worst of the week's ''just kind of interesting'' stuff from around the Upper Clutha - including a painting, whitebait and babies.

First farmed whitebait looking 'viable'

First farmed whitebait looking 'viable'

The proof could be in the fritter in September.

Chinese visitors bitten by adventure bug

Chinese visitors bitten by adventure bug

What do they want? That is the question exercising the minds of those keen to cater for, and capitalise on, the explosion in Chinese tourist numbers. Otago Daily Times Wanaka bureau chief Mark Price this week examines their taste for adventure tourism.

Retrospective consent to clear vegetation sought

A Dairy farming couple who ''mistakenly thought'' they had approval to clear native vegetation on their farm near Lake Hawea sought retrospective resource consent for the clearance they had carried out and also consent for a small, further clearance, at a hearing in Wanaka on Wednesday.

Marina Terrace placed on market

Marina Terrace placed on market

The sign on the site of the Infinity Investment Group's multimillion-dollar Marina Terrace apartment complex in Lakeside Rd might be gone but the project is still very much alive.

Whisky business - copper still lifted into place

Whisky business - copper still lifted into place

The hand made copper still that will be at the heart of the new $5 million Cardrona whisky distillery was lifted into place on Saturday.

Insight into balloon's end

Insight into balloon's end

An Australian scientist has provided more insight into the last moments of Nasa's super pressure balloon, launched in Wanaka on March 27 and brought down on a cattle station in a remote part of west Queensland on April 28.

Work gets under way on new $3m fire station

Work gets under way on new $3m fire station

Work has begun on Wanaka's new $3 million-plus fire station in Ballantyne Rd between the police station and the new Wanaka search and rescue headquarters. The 585sq m station building is due to be completed by June next year.

'70% of herd infection' is Tb from possums

'70% of herd infection' is Tb from possums

Possums are the main cause of bovine tuberculosis spreading between herds of cattle and deer, according to Operational Solutions for Primary Industries (OSPRI) which manages the $80 million per year TBfree programme on behalf of New Zealand farmers and the public.