The Wanaka Sports Facility Steering Group began the
formidable task of collating the latest public feedback on
the project for the district's decision-makers this week.
The Environment Court and the Queenstown Lakes District
Council have halted further development of a controversial
piece of land above the Clutha River at Hawea Flat.
Land Search and Rescue Wanaka should be operating out of its
new headquarters by July, after the first sod was turned at
the Ballantyne Rd site yesterday.
The need for better swimming facilities in Wanaka was a hot
topic at this week's public meeting on the town's planned
$16.8 million sports complex, but opinion remains divided
over whether the existing pool should be upgraded or a new
Despite unsettled weather over the Christmas-New Year period,
some businesses in Otago's holiday hot spots are reporting
record summer results.
Proud mum Stacey Wells returned to Wanaka from her Winter
Olympics ''adventure'' this week, with the highs and lows of
her sons' Sochi campaigns still sinking in.
Self-described ''have a go'' open water swimmer Roger North
is not ruling out a second attempt at the first solo swim of
the length of Lake Wanaka after coming close to completing
the feat this week.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has had a change of
heart over allowing the cultivation of land considered to be
The mystery of what killed motorist Rutger Hale near Lake
Hawea last year remains unsolved after scientific testing
failed to provide any significant clues, police say.
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