Lucy Ibbotson

Council ignoring its obligations: critics

Council ignoring its obligations: critics

The increasingly dry, unkempt condition of Wanaka's Allenby Park has angered neighbours, who say the Queenstown Lakes District Council's obligations under its reserves management plan are being ignored.

A good call at picnic race meeting

A good call at picnic race meeting

A few beers to lubricate the vocal chords is key to Gary Smart's success as commentator at the annual Hawea Picnic Races, he says.

Blistering heat marks Hawea Flat picnic races

Blistering heat marks Hawea Flat picnic races

The immense popularity of the Hawea Picnic Races showed no sign of waning yesterday, more than 70 years on from the event's inception.

QLDC cutting back irrigation

QLDC cutting back irrigation

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is keeping a close eye on its water use while irrigating reserves this summer, after exceeding its water take for Wanaka's Pembroke Park.

Multicultural 'orphans' get together

Multicultural 'orphans' get together

Seven English, six New Zealand, two American, two Welsh, two Czech, one French, one German, one Belgian, one Malaysian, a Dutchman, a Canadian, an Australian, an Irishman, two dogs and a cat.

Just his usual white Christmas in the Antarctic

Just his usual white Christmas in the Antarctic

Ex-Southlander Alec Beange will celebrate Christmas in his ''usual'' way - preparing to launch a giant helium balloon in the Antarctic for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), before coming to Wanaka to do more of the same in the new year.

Tribute paid to deceased aviator

Sir Tim Wallis has paid tribute to top New Zealand aviator Trevor Bland - who died on Saturday - saying the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow would not be what it is today without Mr Bland's involvement.

Boys rise to challenge, all for Child Cancer

Boys rise to challenge, all for Child Cancer

Hot chips and a photograph with Commonwealth Games cycling medallist Eddie Dawkins was how four John McGlashan pupils were rewarded yesterday for completing a three-day, 260km fundraising adventure.

More than 100 houses planned for Wanaka

More than 100 houses planned for Wanaka

The final piece of the puzzle in Wanaka's inner residential tract will start to be filled in next year, as the town's most prolific developer launches his latest project.

Lessons from track closure

Abuse from the public over the recent closure of two Albert Town walking and cycling tracks has taken a toll on Queenstown Lakes District Council staff, the Wanaka Community Board heard this week.