Lucy Ibbotson

Ambitious travel plan takes shape

Ambitious travel plan takes shape

As a Wanaka secondary school teacher, mother of two and in-demand wedding make-up artist, Gena Bagley is used to pressure.

Doc withholds fire report

Doc withholds fire report

The Department of Conservation has declined to release a fire investigation report to the Otago Daily Times requested under the Official Information Act.

Sports plan criticised at hearing

Comparisons were drawn between Wanaka's proposed sports facility and Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium at an annual plan hearing in Wanaka yesterday, as submitters called for more detail on costs and an end to ''over-consultation''.

Almost $500k spent and no facility yet

Almost $500k spent and no facility yet

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has spent nearly half a million dollars on external consultants for the Wanaka Sports Facility before a sod has been turned.

Park supporters get reprieve

Supporters of a proposed riverside community park near Luggate have been given a reprieve by Contact Energy in their bid to buy land for the conservation project.

Skifields welcoming the white stuff

Skifields welcoming the white stuff

As some operators in the Southern Lakes ski industry celebrated up to 40cm of snow on the district's mountains yesterday, the coverage at Wanaka's Cardrona Alpine Resort remained unconfirmed after staff's access to the skifield was blocked ... by snow.

Rich history livens town

Rich history livens town

The sharing of Luggate's rich history is transforming the township from a ''hidden hollow'' into an exciting place to live and visit, resident Graham Taylor says.

Council approves land exchange

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has approved an exchange of land at Hawea Flat to create a public track, and acknowledged the support of the farmers involved.

'Gutted' after Contact rejects land offer

'Gutted' after Contact rejects land offer

Contact Energy has rejected Lewis Verduyn-Cassels' offer to buy a piece of land near Luggate for the community, leaving the river conservationist ''gutted'' and unable to meet the power company's counteroffer.

Bid to secure land for community use

Bid to secure land for community use

River conservationist Lewis Verduyn-Cassels has put his money where his mouth is in a bid to secure a piece of land for community use.