Lucy Ibbotson

Balance needed considering conflicting views

''Overstated'' and ''emotional'' criticisms from neighbours of a Wanaka plan change could not be given the same credibility as professional opinion, lawyer Warwick Goldsmith says.

Plenty of zoned land - planner

Wanaka has enough zoned land to supply the housing market for decades to come and creating a new zone now which would provide 1600 more sections is ''too much, too soon'', an urban design expert has cautioned.

Rezoning plan change supporters should 'ashamed'

Rezoning plan change supporters should 'ashamed'

Wanaka residents who support the rezoning of a large swathe of rural land for urban use should be ''very, very ashamed'', an opponent of the development says.

Wee Willie fifth ace for 91-year-old

Wee Willie fifth ace for 91-year-old

Glad Cross' golf game started out well below par on Tuesday, but the 91-year-old Wanaka woman finished it on a high after scoring her fifth hole-in-one.

Just 710 sections, planner advises

A council planner's view a proposed 1600-lot Wanaka subdivision should have its number of dwellings more than halved has been backed by the Upper Clutha Environmental Society.

Retail precinct debated

Retail precinct debated

The inclusion of a retail precinct in a proposed 1600-lot Wanaka subdivision is among the issues being debated at a hearing this week.

'They are coming and they are building houses'

'They are coming and they are building houses'

Matching supply with demand for residential sites in Wanaka is an ''alien approach'' which keeps property prices high, lawyer Warwick Goldsmith said yesterday during day one of a public hearing for private Plan Change 45 (PC45).

Acquittal ends 'long two and a-half years'

Acquittal ends 'long two and a-half years'

After being cleared on stock-rustling charges this week, Wanaka man Simon Hawkins is looking forward to putting a ''long two and a-half years'' behind him.

New board chairman for school

New board chairman for school

Wanaka Primary School has appointed local policeman Mike Thomas its new board of trustees chairman, as Ministry of Education intervention over governance issues at the school continues.

Old police station disposal set to start

The disposal process for the old Wanaka police station is set to begin later this month.