Mark Price

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.

Camp road closed

Boat owners now have exclusive use of the popular Kidds Bush camping ground on the edge of Lake Hawea, and that could continue indefinitely.

Woman killed in Wanaka fall named

Woman killed in Wanaka fall named

Police have released the name of the Wanaka woman who died yesterday after slipping and falling about 40m from a Department of Conservation walking track near Glendhu Bay.

Bees not so busy in the cold

Bees not so busy in the cold

A cold, wet and windy November has made life difficult for southern honey bees and their keepers.

Police restructure plan dissent

Police restructure plan dissent

Like taking Richie McCaw out of the All Blacks - that is how one Wanaka community leader described a police proposal to do away with the senior sergeant position in the town early next year.

Increased police patrols pay off

A Christchurch motorist was charged with drink-driving and dangerous driving after being stopped near Omarama on Saturday.