Lucy Ibbotson

Sections finally on market

Sections finally on market

A final claim could soon be staked on Cardrona's abandoned gold mining era sections, which are up for sale for the first time in 140 years.

Trust in race for funds

Trust in race for funds

The clock is ticking on fundraising efforts for a proposed Clutha River conservation park, but there will be ''no backing down'' from the project if its supporters fail to meet their funding deadline.

Off to mix it with the best

Off to mix it with the best

Wanaka bartender Shannon Sanderson hopes to ''take some of the shine'' off the North Island's cocktail culture when he competes against the country's best mixologists in Auckland next Monday.

Most submissions back extended holiday parks lease

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider whether to accommodate its holiday park managers for a longer stay at a hearing this week.

Queen's message cause for alarm

Queen's message cause for alarm

Anne Dickinson's method of preserving her birthday message from the Queen caused some excitement at the Wanaka centenarian's rest-home this week.

Dog owners critical of proposed bylaw

Dog owners critical of proposed bylaw

The Queenstown Lakes District Council's draft dog control bylaw has been criticised for being complex and overly restrictive.

Whisky distillery would reinvigorate valley, residents say

Prominent Cardrona Valley families lent their support to a proposed whisky distillery at a hearing in Wanaka yesterday, saying the development would inject life into the village.

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.