Lucy Ibbotson

Substation plan divisive

Kayaking and mountain-biking enthusiasts have come out fighting against a proposed power substation beside the Hawea River.

Hobbyist gets one over on hawks

Hobbyist gets one over on hawks

Being a ''determined old bugger'' paid off for hobby photographer Simon Larkin, who spent endless hours sitting silent and motionless inside a tiny bird hide to capture a winning wildlife shot.

Other skifields opening this month

Other skifields opening this month

While Coronet Peak maintained its tradition on Saturday of being first to open in the Southern Lakes ski season, the district's four other skifields are all scheduled to open this month.

Film captures moko connection

Film captures moko connection

Nearly a tenth of their shoestring film budget was soaked up by Auckland parking fees alone, yet Wanaka duo Darren Simmonds and Ian Bowmer still managed to scoop a string of accolades at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival last weekend.

Environmental society will not speak against whisky distillery

Environmental society will not speak against whisky distillery

The Upper Clutha Environmental Society (UCES) says it would be wasting its time attending next week's hearing for a proposed Cardrona whisky distillery after a council planner recommended the development be approved.

Further work on sewage treatment

Lake Hawea's sewage treatment system will undergo work this month to improve its wastewater results, which continue to exceed resource consent conditions.

Ambitious travel plan takes shape

Ambitious travel plan takes shape

As a Wanaka secondary school teacher, mother of two and in-demand wedding make-up artist, Gena Bagley is used to pressure.

Doc withholds fire report

Doc withholds fire report

The Department of Conservation has declined to release a fire investigation report to the Otago Daily Times requested under the Official Information Act.

Sports plan criticised at hearing

Comparisons were drawn between Wanaka's proposed sports facility and Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium at an annual plan hearing in Wanaka yesterday, as submitters called for more detail on costs and an end to ''over-consultation''.

Almost $500k spent and no facility yet

Almost $500k spent and no facility yet

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has spent nearly half a million dollars on external consultants for the Wanaka Sports Facility before a sod has been turned.