Search and rescue volunteers can expect more paperwork as the
organisation formalises operational procedures to comply with
new health and safety laws.
Three days of snow have given the Queenstown Lakes district's
skifields an early shot in the arm.
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.
An elderly Scottish couple who appear to have lost a
historic, 270-year-old tartan ''plaid'' say they are
''anxious'' to find it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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