Lucy Ibbotson

Challenge Wanaka: Ready, set, go!

Challenge Wanaka: Ready, set, go!

By the time thousands of Challenge Wanaka competitors begin their exercise in extreme endurance this morning, Wanaka GP Andrew McLeod (53, pictured above) will have already swum the equivalent of 152 lengths of Moana Pool and biked the equivalent distance in kilometres from Dunedin to Christchurch.

Removal of wires angers farmers

Removal of wires angers farmers

A Tarras farming family is angry an electric fence used to contain cattle has been anonymously dismantled almost daily for the past couple of weeks.

Tramp confusion triggers search

A misunderstanding nearly led to a full-scale search and rescue operation being launched yesterday after two 61-year-old Hamilton men were reported overdue from a tramping trip on the Motatapu Track.

Boil-water notices lifted after supply passes tests

Boil-water notices were lifted from Glendhu Bay and Arrowtown yesterday.

People, profits pour into Wanaka

People, profits pour into Wanaka

A flood is again heading towards Lake Wanaka - not a surplus of water, but a deluge of triathletes arriving for Saturday's Challenge Wanaka endurance race.

Race postponed

Dangerously high flows in the Clutha River from recent heavy rainfall have forced the postponement of this week's inaugural Wild Descent kayak adventure race.

Reminder for boat users

Reminder for boat users

Complaints about conflict between lake users at Wanaka's Penrith Beach have prompted the installation of a 5-knot speed limit buoy to remind boaties to keep their speed down near the shoreline.

Triathlon flooding challenge

Triathlon flooding challenge

Challenge Wanaka race director Victoria Murray-Orr says high lake levels and a partly submerged run course are no cause for concern - yet. The long-distance triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, and organisers have been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast and rising lake and river levels after several days of heavy rainfall.

Consultant spending cut as promised

Consultant spending cut as promised

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden's election campaign promise to further reduce council spending on consultants has been realised, financial records show.

Community house in demand

Community house in demand

Nearly 70 community organisations, social service agencies and arts and performance groups have confirmed their interest in being part of a proposed community house for Wanaka, in the project's latest feasibility study.