Lucy Ibbotson

Lack of aged care forces elderly out

Lack of aged care forces elderly out

A shortage of aged care services in Wanaka is driving elderly residents out of town and a new facility to meet increasing demand is still 18 months away from opening.

Operators in conflict

Strained relations between two Queenstown tourism operators came under the spotlight in the Environment Court yesterday.

Irrigation no go for now

Irrigation no go for now

Wanaka residents concerned about the dry condition of Allenby Park have more chance of a watering from the sky than from the Queenstown Lakes District Council - at least in the short term.

Wanaka charity helping Tanzania

Wanaka charity helping Tanzania

Taking out the ''middle man'' has given hundreds of underprivileged African children a brighter future through the efforts of former Otago woman Madeline Oosterhuis and her aunt, Pauline Hope, of Wanaka.

No prosecution for man who took keys

No prosecution for man who took keys

It is ''technically illegal'' for motorists to take keys off other drivers if there is a perceived danger, but a Queenstown man who did so will not be prosecuted, police say.

Driver who took keys not sorry

Driver who took keys not sorry

A tourist driver who had his rental car keys taken off him while driving on the Lindis Pass was left stranded on the side of the road in a remote spot with three children, no cellphone reception and no idea what he had done wrong, he says.

Kidney transplant donors and recipients energetic campaigners

Kidney transplant donors and recipients energetic campaigners

A Wanaka father and son and a Whangarei husband and wife who were previously strangers connected over kidney transplant success stories at the weekend.

Weather puts paid to 'Ruby'

High winds forced the cancellation of the inaugural ''The Ruby'' swim festival in Wanaka at the weekend.

One duck sign back, second on order

Wanaka ducks can breathe easy over the reinstallation of signs warning motorists to watch out for the waddlers.

Firefighters praise hands-on community response

Firefighters praise hands-on community response

A flooded irrigation ditch, dozens of household buckets, a human chain and an ''exceptional'' community effort helped save at least one house from a large fire at Hawea Flat.