Lucy Ibbotson

Wanaka charity helping Tanzania

Wanaka charity helping Tanzania

Taking out the ''middle man'' has given hundreds of underprivileged African children a brighter future through the efforts of former Otago woman Madeline Oosterhuis and her aunt, Pauline Hope, of Wanaka.

No prosecution for man who took keys

No prosecution for man who took keys

It is ''technically illegal'' for motorists to take keys off other drivers if there is a perceived danger, but a Queenstown man who did so will not be prosecuted, police say.

Driver who took keys not sorry

Driver who took keys not sorry

A tourist driver who had his rental car keys taken off him while driving on the Lindis Pass was left stranded on the side of the road in a remote spot with three children, no cellphone reception and no idea what he had done wrong, he says.

Kidney transplant donors and recipients energetic campaigners

Kidney transplant donors and recipients energetic campaigners

A Wanaka father and son and a Whangarei husband and wife who were previously strangers connected over kidney transplant success stories at the weekend.

Weather puts paid to 'Ruby'

High winds forced the cancellation of the inaugural ''The Ruby'' swim festival in Wanaka at the weekend.

One duck sign back, second on order

Wanaka ducks can breathe easy over the reinstallation of signs warning motorists to watch out for the waddlers.

Firefighters praise hands-on community response

Firefighters praise hands-on community response

A flooded irrigation ditch, dozens of household buckets, a human chain and an ''exceptional'' community effort helped save at least one house from a large fire at Hawea Flat.

Many swimmers keen to circle island

Many swimmers keen to circle island

Jamie Norman and Eddie Spearing have always enjoyed a casual beer on the beach together after their regular early-evening open-water swims.

Hawea blaze under control

Hawea blaze under control

A rapdily moving fire at Hawea Flat has been bought under control this evening after a destroying a structure and coming close to razing homes. 

Teen calls on Scout skills to help battle blaze

Teen calls on Scout skills to help battle blaze

Mock firefighting drills at Scouts came in handy for teenager Josh Fluit when he was among the first on the scene of an out-of-control grass fire yesterday.