Lucy Ibbotson

In no hurry for a change

In no hurry for a change

Wanaka man Scottie Little (40) has clocked up 23 seasons as a staff member at Cardrona Alpine Resort and has no immediate intention of giving up his "dream job" as a lift supervisor and health and safety representative.

Wanaka climber 'back in the hot seat'

Wanaka climber 'back in the hot seat'

A milestone summit of the world's eighth-highest mountain last month put Wanaka climber Guy Cotter "back in the hot seat" and has reaffirmed his love for extreme alpine environments after years of injury-induced downtime. He talks to Lucy Ibbotson.

Access considered worse with change

While development opportunities for landowners within the North Three Parks plan change area would be beneficial, access constraints for some were illogical in the context of the zoning proposed, a hearing in Wanaka heard yesterday.

Plan change 'difficulties'

The Queenstown Lakes District Council's North Three Parks plan change would cause "all sorts of difficulties" for the landowners, for the neighbouring developer and for the wider community, lawyer Graeme Todd said at a public hearing yesterday.

School site considered for college

An Auckland promoter of a proposed private school on the old Wanaka Primary School site says there is a "strong possibility" the project will go ahead after he inspected the site and buildings this week.

Zero tolerance fraud warning

Police are warning Queenstown Lakes district skifield users to expect a zero-tolerance approach towards ski-pass fraud or other serious offences on the mountains this season.

Shortest day cold for some

Shortest day cold for some

The shortest day of the year in the depths of winter seemed as good a time as any for Mount Aspiring College exchange pupil Damian Scherer to try water-skiing for the first time.

Skifields primed and looking swish

Skifields primed and looking swish

Wanaka skifields are gearing up for the 2012 season with a range of improvements made across the mountains.

Another attack on stock at farm

Another attack on stock at farm

Another dog attack on stock has occurred at a property near Albert Town where 14 sheep were mauled last week.

Cottage for auction in Wanaka's million dollar street

Cottage for auction in Wanaka's million dollar street

One of Wanaka's original cottages, which is well over 100 years old and just metres from Lake Wanaka, is for sale, two months after a similar property in the same street sold for $1.1 million.