Lucy Ibbotson

Planned sports facility gets $1m grant boost

Planned sports facility gets $1m grant boost

The long awaited community sports facility in Wanaka has received a $1 million boost from the Central Lakes Trust, six weeks after gaining final funding approval from the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Injured climber lifted off Mt Aspiring

Injured climber lifted off Mt Aspiring

An injured climber was air-lifted from French Ridge Hut on Mt Aspiring yesterday morning.

Blister-free bliss after epic run

Blister-free bliss after epic run

Tired and hungry, Mal Law is still coming down after 50 days of running up mountains to raise money for charity, Lucy Ibbotson writes.

Vegetation clearance hearing postponed

The unconsented clearance of indigenous vegetation at Hawea Flat which has angered conservation groups will be ''brought to a head'' eventually, despite the postponement of a hearing this week.

Earning an A pass takes good detail

Earning an A pass takes good detail

From the authenticity of the upholstery materials to the alignment of the tyre valve stems, it was all about the details during the national Model A meet concours judging at Wanaka Airport's transport and toy museum yesterday.

Balloon's good progress pleases Nasa

Balloon's good progress pleases Nasa

Nasa's super-pressure helium balloon is tracking ''extremely well'' since it left Wanaka Airport last Friday, programme office chief Debbie Fairbrother says.

Pupils in pyjamas help Vanuatu

Pupils in pyjamas help Vanuatu

Susan Noble, from Hawea Flat School's ''Grans in our community'' reading programme (members of which joined the fun), with pupil Shane Warren (6), during the school's pyjama day fundraiser for cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu last week.

Tennis coach's 10 years celebrated

Tennis coach's 10 years celebrated

From training sessions with Pat Rafter to sneaking into Andre Agassi's management box at the US Open, Wanaka Tennis Club coach and former professional player Perry Crockett has enjoyed some high profile encounters over the years.

1661km by Law in long run

An ''elated'' Mal Law was yesterday still processing the fact his 50 day running challenge had finished.

Daily routine suspended for lift off

Daily routine suspended for lift off

School was skipped, appointments rescheduled and work put on hold yesterday morning as hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the Nasa balloon launch from Wanaka airport.