The man being praised in New Zealand climbing circles for his
''incredible'' solo ascent in Mt Aspiring National Park on
Friday inadvertently triggered a major search and rescue
operation a day later.
Today it is 220ha of dry grass, kanuka, wilding pines and
Swimmers are venting their frustrations over the closure of
Wanaka's community pool and demanding answers from the
Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Former Southland district mayor Frana Cardno has been
discharged from Dunedin Hospital where she had been
transferred after falling ill during an overseas trip.
Contact Energy has offered proponents of a riverside park
near Luggate five more weeks to find the money to buy land
for their conservation project.
A search for a man thought to be missing in the Mt Aspiring
National Park at the weekend was called off after several
hours when it was discovered the climber was not overdue from
his expedition after all.
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.
Stabilisation work is continuing at two slip sites on State
Highway 6 between Haast and Hawea.
Three new Guardians of Lake Wanaka members were sworn in by
Conservation Minister Nick Smith at their inaugural meeting
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
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