Lucy Ibbotson

The good, the bad and the disappointing

The good, the bad and the disappointing

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.

So near and yet so far

So near and yet so far

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.

Council changes view on cultivation of farmland

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has had a change of heart over allowing the cultivation of land considered to be ecologically important.

Tests yield few clues to object

Tests yield few clues to object

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.

Winter Olympics: Kuzma fifth in freeski halfpipe

Another Wanaka athlete shone in Sochi yesterday, as Janina Kuzma finished fifth in the Winter Olympics freeski halfpipe.

Community rejects sludge

Community rejects sludge

Luggate residents have sent a clear message to the Queenstown Lakes District Council that a sludge drying plant and the fertiliser it produces are not welcome in their backyard.

Contentious house near track gains approval

A proposed large dwelling near Wanaka which was deemed unsuitable mainly because of its visual effect on users of a nearby walking track has been approved.

High-flying Wanaka freestylers

High-flying Wanaka freestylers

Wanaka athletes took centre stage yesterday morning on one of New Zealand's best days in Winter Olympics history.

Aurora gains approval for Wanaka substation

Growing electricity demand in the Wanaka area will be met by a new substation to be established on an old Queenstown Lakes District Council-owned stone quarry.

Push for indoor ice rink

An indoor ice rink has been thrown into the mix of possible facilities for Wanaka's $16.8 million sports complex.