Mark Price

SAR formalising health and safety

SAR formalising health and safety

Search and rescue volunteers can expect more paperwork as the organisation formalises operational procedures to comply with new health and safety laws.

Skifields get early snow boost

Skifields get early snow boost

Three days of snow have given the Queenstown Lakes district's skifields an early shot in the arm.

Plans to get festival in the black

Plans to get festival in the black

The new owner of the Cardrona Valley's Rhythm and Alps music festival, Alex Turnbull, has a plan to get the New Year's Eve event back on an even keel.

Couple 'anxious' to find historic cloth

An elderly Scottish couple who appear to have lost a historic, 270-year-old tartan ''plaid'' say they are ''anxious'' to find it.

Lake levels rising

Lake levels rising

With heavy rain falling in the headwaters, Lakes Wanaka and Wakatipu have been rising this week, although they are still short of flood danger levels.

Climate index brewing

Climate index brewing

Some had to be chipped out of the ice, but most of the 800 tea bags buried on Mt Cardrona near Wanaka during the summer have been recovered.

1080 drop first test for threat maker

1080 drop first test for threat maker

Aerial drops of 1080 poison around Wanaka set to begin after next Friday will be the first test of the resolve of the anonymous person who threatened to contaminate infant formula with the poison.

Making music with the stars

Making music with the stars

Almost all 80 places in Wanaka's first Youth and Adults in the Music Industry (Yami) summit have been taken with a ''whoosh and a bang'', according to organiser Lynne Christie.

Czech tramper found safe

A Czech Republic tourist who decided not to cross an ''ugly'' mountain stream walked out of the bush near the Haast Pass yesterday morning with nothing more than wet feet.

Campaigner says gecko at risk

Anti-1080 campaigner Carol Sawyer believes the safety of the little-known and rare Roys Peak gecko will be put at risk by TBFree New Zealand's poisoning programme later this month.