Lucy Ibbotson

'Miscommunication' leads to search operation

'Miscommunication' leads to search operation

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.

1400 new houses for Wanaka

1400 new houses for Wanaka

Today it is 220ha of dry grass, kanuka, wilding pines and rabbits.

Outcry over pool closure

Outcry over pool closure

Swimmers are venting their frustrations over the closure of Wanaka's community pool and demanding answers from the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Discharged from hospital

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 gives more time

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.

Confusion sparks unnecessary search

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.

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.