Lucy Ibbotson

Distillery development begins

Distillery development begins

Work started this week on a whisky distillery, perfumery and museum development in the Cardrona Valley.

Carpenter likes chilling out

Carpenter likes chilling out

Twenty-four hour sunlight, -35degC temperatures, limited technology and weird and wonderful wildlife are among the more unusual aspects of life in the Antarctic, which Luggate builder Darryn Slee is adjusting to during his 13-month stint on the continent.

'Mow early' call

The Otago Rural Fire Authority has asked farmers to carry out their farming activities earlier in the day after mowers caused two large grass fires at Luggate and Tarras on Tuesday afternoon.

Relief at retaining senior police role

Relief at retaining senior police role

Police have backed down on plans to remove Wanaka's senior sergeant position following consultation on a proposed restructuring of the Otago rural policing area.

Chopper trainer on top of world

Chopper trainer on top of world

Already considered a ''master'' by his peers and the New Zealand aviation industry, Wanaka pilot Simon Spencer-Bower has been acclaimed internationally as one of the world's best helicopter flight instructors.

Little brown cabin home for many a holiday

Little brown cabin home for many a holiday

A tiny brown cabin in the centre of a paddock in Luggate has played host to many family gatherings. Lucy Ibbotson talks to its owners about what has kept it in the family all these years.

Early judges queried

In April 1871 the Lake Wakatip Mail carried an article about the first show held by the Wakatip Agricultural and Pastoral Association - described as ''an epoch in the history of the district which will advance no insignificant influence in advancing agricultural interest''.

Stroke group just for youth

Stroke group just for youth

Thrivers, rather than survivors, is how Wanaka woman Maria Fredatovich wants herself and other young people recovering from strokes to be described.

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.