Lucy Ibbotson

Good visitor numbers but light on snow

Wanaka skifield operators say the 2012 season has been a mixed bag, with good visitor numbers but limited snowfalls.

Business relocation approved

Business relocation approved

Commercial activity on the residential side of Wanaka's Brownston St is set to increase after independent commissioners approved an application by guiding business Adventure Consultants to move into an existing dwelling there.

Rainfall boosts lake's low level

Rainfall boosts lake's low level

Recent rainfall in the Upper Clutha has helped boost the level of Lake Hawea - which was at its lowest in about four years last week - and it is "highly unlikely" Contact Energy will need to drop the lake below its minimum operating level to feed its hydro-electricity dams at Clyde and Roxburgh.

Family's future 'a lot brighter' in South

Family's future 'a lot brighter' in South

Life is looking "a lot brighter" for Christchurch refugee Vivienne Fitzgerald and her family two years on from the September 4 earthquake in which they lost everything.

Controversial trees to go

Controversial trees to go

The Wanaka trees at the centre of a debate over unauthorised pruning will be removed and replaced with a different species and no prosecutions made.

Adventure company wants residential property

Whether commercial development should be permitted in a high density residential (HDR) zone next to Wanaka's town centre came under scrutiny at a resource consent hearing last week.

Jet-boat starts to fill with water as drive unit fails

Three men nearly took an unscheduled dip in Lake Wanaka on Saturday afternoon when their boat began taking in water.

Cat with attitude dies at 25

Cat with attitude dies at 25

Pampered Pisa Flats puss Tigerli Dunbar had well outlived most moggies and may have been New Zealand's oldest cat when she died at the ripe old age of 25 last week.

A and P society's books healthy, membership strong

The Upper Clutha Agricultural and Pastoral Society is in a "very healthy" financial position, outgoing president Fe Howie says.

Oldies to play today

Oldies to play today

"Bring the defibrillator!" was Cromwell rugby player Buck Buchanan's advice ahead of today's golden oldies rugby match between Cromwell and Wanaka.