Lucy Ibbotson

Likely loss of alpine hut lamented

Likely loss of alpine hut lamented

The likely loss of another alpine hut in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park is a serious blow for back-country enthusiasts, a leading mountain guide says.

Work on SH6 slips continues

Stabilisation work is continuing at two slip sites on State Highway 6 between Haast and Hawea.

Guardians appointees sworn in

Guardians appointees sworn in

Three new Guardians of Lake Wanaka members were sworn in by Conservation Minister Nick Smith at their inaugural meeting this week.

Fresh snow boosts skifields

Fresh snow boosts skifields

Winter has delivered a mixed bag for Queenstown and Wanaka skifields, ranging from rain-saturated snow and consecutive closed days, to capacity crowds and the best season on record.

Aoraki could be coming or going

Aoraki could be coming or going

An Otago surveyor whose research knocked 30m of the official height of Aoraki/Mt Cook last year says this week's large rock avalanche on New Zealand's tallest peak does not mean the mountain is continuing to shrink.

Section sales to be settled soon

Negotiations to buy abandoned sections at Cardrona for community use are expected to be settled within the next week.

Chip seal rumble strips fail

Chip seal rumble strips fail

Riverbank Rd in Wanaka was the victim of a rumble strip ''cock-up'' reminiscent of Cardrona's disastrous traffic-slowing devices, community board member Bryan Lloyd said yesterday.

Dog owners' wrath unleashed over rules

Dog owners' wrath unleashed over rules 'Cruel' and 'repugnant' dog-leashing rules are a step backwards rather than forwards, Queenstown Lakes owners say.

CDC grants $52,550 to five projects

CDC grants $52,550 to five projects

Proposed Lawrence community wetlands, a Clutha young professionals network and an extension of the Clutha Gold Trail are among the Clutha Development Trust (CDT) projects to receive council funding this financial year.

Snowboarding adventure a winner

Snowboarding adventure a winner

Wanaka film-maker Tim Pierce has won the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival's award for best New Zealand-made film for a second time.