Lucy Ibbotson

Bars denied special licences for Easter

Bars denied special licences for Easter

Disappointed Wanaka bar operators have been given a resounding ''no'' to requests for special liquor licences at Easter, leaving a 50,000-strong Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow crowd with nowhere to drink in the resort unless they are dining.

Bar staff 'dreading Easter again'

Bar staff 'dreading Easter again'

Abuse copped from angry patrons demanding drinks last Easter has staff at Wanaka's Speight's Ale House dreading working the holiday again this year, bar co-owner Grant Lawrie says.

Saddle safety measures considered

Saddle safety measures considered

Handrails or other safety structures are unlikely to be installed on a hazardous section of Mt Aspiring National Park's Cascade Saddle route, because track realignment or extra signs are considered more practical ways of preventing fatalities.

Tourist attack may be linked to homicide

Tourist attack may be linked to homicide

The man police are talking to over a Christchurch homicide knew the victim, police confirmed this morning.

Auckland bidder happy to be buyer

Auckland bidder happy to be buyer

After flying into Wanaka for the day with hopes of adding to his classic motorcycle collection, Auckland's Vector Arena boss Stuart Clumpas went home a happy man yesterday.

Court cancels enforcement order; farmer can resume cultivation

Court cancels enforcement order; farmer can resume cultivation

A Hawea Flat farmer can continue cultivating his land after an Environment Court ruling found in his favour yesterday.

Ruling expected today on land-clearance case

Should farming activities or protection of indigenous vegetation take priority on a contentious piece of privately owned land at Hawea Flat?

Land compromise raised

The possibility of a ''compromise situation'' benefiting both sides of a land dispute was raised in the Environment Court sitting in Queenstown yesterday.

Tensions at hearing

The Queenstown Lakes District Council's level of culpability came under the spotlight yesterday in a land debate pitting farmers against conservationists.

'We have a rule in the plan that nobody understands'

A young family facing ''financial ruin'' must be given the same consideration as the protection of ecological values on Hawea Flat land, it was submitted in the Environment Court in Queenstown yesterday.