Lucy Ibbotson

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.

Many swimmers keen to circle island

Many swimmers keen to circle island

Jamie Norman and Eddie Spearing have always enjoyed a casual beer on the beach together after their regular early-evening open-water swims.

Hawea blaze under control

Hawea blaze under control

A rapdily moving fire at Hawea Flat has been bought under control this evening after a destroying a structure and coming close to razing homes. 

Teen calls on Scout skills to help battle blaze

Teen calls on Scout skills to help battle blaze

Mock firefighting drills at Scouts came in handy for teenager Josh Fluit when he was among the first on the scene of an out-of-control grass fire yesterday.

Sausage sales sizzle

Sausage sales sizzle

If the queues running the full length of the aisles of Wanaka New World were not evidence enough of the huge number of holidaymakers in the resort this summer, the one tonne of sausages sold at Mediterranean Market surely was.

Distillery development begins

Distillery development begins

Work started this week on a whisky distillery, perfumery and museum development in the Cardrona Valley.

Carpenter likes chilling out

Carpenter likes chilling out

Twenty-four hour sunlight, -35degC temperatures, limited technology and weird and wonderful wildlife are among the more unusual aspects of life in the Antarctic, which Luggate builder Darryn Slee is adjusting to during his 13-month stint on the continent.

'Mow early' call

The Otago Rural Fire Authority has asked farmers to carry out their farming activities earlier in the day after mowers caused two large grass fires at Luggate and Tarras on Tuesday afternoon.