Lucy Ibbotson

Queenstown pilot killed in chopper crash named

Queenstown pilot killed in chopper crash named

The Queenstown pilot killed when their helicopter "dropped out of the sky" last night was the chief flying instructor at Wakatipu Aero Club.

Primary schools compete in sports extravaganza

Primary schools compete in sports extravaganza

More than 1200 primary school pupils from throughout the Clutha district have taken part in the second annual sports extravaganza in Balclutha over four days this week.

Wind tosses caravan, hurls trampoline

Wind tosses caravan, hurls trampoline

Cromwell man Glen Christiansen knows telling insurance assessors a tornado was responsible for tossing his caravan on its roof could sound like "a bit of a tall story", but fortunately, he has witnesses.

Pastoral prank appeals

Pastoral prank appeals

A Mount Aspiring College quadrangle was transformed into a farmyard yesterday as part of a prank by year 13 pupils.

Immortalising Shrek proves high-profile job

Immortalising Shrek proves high-profile job

Since the death of celebrity sheep Shrek in June last year, Queenstown taxidermist David Jacobs has been swamped with inquiries as to the status of his most high-profile "client".

Unhealthy, unsafe willow felled

Unhealthy, unsafe willow felled

Another "iconic" willow tree on Wanaka's lakefront was felled this week, after being deemed a risk to public safety.

Extension creating increased inquiries for hall

Extension creating increased inquiries for hall

Demand for the Lake Hawea Community Centre as a function venue is growing, thanks to a major extension, which is scheduled to be completed in February.

Pipeline to Wanaka novel possibility for wastewater

Pipeline to Wanaka novel possibility for wastewater

Doubt lingers over when a solution to Cardrona's wastewater problem will be delivered, as a recent suggestion to pipe the township's wastewater to Wanaka places further delays on the release of project costings.

Blast yields a minor show

Blast yields a minor show

Blasting work at the Makarora slip yesterday proved fairly anticlimactic as motorists waiting on the road below watched just a small cloud of dust rise from the hillside when the explosive went off.

Support repaid at opening

Support repaid at opening

The support shown to displaced Christchurch families by Wanaka's Mount Aspiring College in the wake of the February 2011 earthquake was repaid yesterday at the opening of a new outdoor performance area at the school.