Mark Price

Weather fails to dent high spirits

Weather fails to dent high spirits

Those who attended the two-day Rhythm and Alps music festival in the Cardrona Valley went home yesterday morning having dodged at least one bullet.

Main temporarily repaired

A temporary repair is in place on the section of water main in Bridge Hill, Alexandra, that burst on Tuesday afternoon, while property owners affected by the burst remain ''stoic'' and get on with the cleanup.

Taking off in a new direction

Taking off in a new direction

A need to get as close to flying as she could led Mandy Deans to change her career path. Mark Price asks about her path to such a life-changing decision.

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.