Fish were practically jumping on the lines at the Lake Hawea Family Fishing Classic on Saturday.
Otago Daily Times reporter Marjorie Cook travels South Westland with a team cleaning plastic debris from remote beaches.
A 56-year-old nelson man who badly fractured a leg and injured his head when he fell about 5m in the Gorge River valley during a tramping trip in South Westland is recovering in Dunedin Hospital after a challenging helicopter rescue on Thursday afternoon.
The search for solutions to an accumulation of sludge is looking promising, solid wastes manager Stefan Borowy told the Queenstown Lakes District Council infrastructure services committee this week.
Smart Environmental's recycling services begin in Wanaka on March 5, with new crates to be delivered to eligible properties from Monday, February 20.
Favourable progress has been made with attempts to reduce the amount of algae in Wanaka's domestic water supply, following the trial of a filtration plant at the western intake, project manager Ken Gousmett reported this week.
The process for procuring the services of council consultants was approved by the Queenstown Lakes District Council infrastructure services committee this week.
A six-house development proposal for Damper Bay, criticised by the Wanaka Residents Association last year for its "industrial scale", has been refused by two Queenstown Lakes District Council commissioners.
Detailed designs will be drawn up for road rehabilitation works in Panorama Tce, Queenstown, following the Queenstown Lakes District Council infrastructure committee's approval of concept plans on Tuesday.
A group of Wanaka landowners would be reassured the council would protect their rights to an unrestricted water supply, in accordance with an Environment Court ruling, the Queenstown Lakes District Council's infrastructure committee agreed this week.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council's infrastructure services committee neither opposes nor supports the controversial 11.3km single-lane Dart Tunnel proposal for the Mt Aspiring National Park but it will make a submission highlighting several concerns it has regarding the impacts on Glenorchy, roading and transport.
The long-awaited Ardmore and Brownston Sts roundabout could be finished by June 30, but Wanaka councillor Lyal Cocks is advising everyone to contain their excitement.
New Zealand's top skeleton racers Katharine Eustace and Ben Sandford have qualified to compete at the world championships this month despite finishing outside the top 10 in their World Cup races at Whistler, Canada, on Monday.
The only remaining airworthy Avro Anson from World War 2 has been confirmed to fly at the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow this Easter.
When people learn I've taken up open-water swimming, some immediately recoil, declaring it is something they could never do. I agree it's scary. But with practice, I'm learning to conquer it. Marjorie Cook reports.
Hunter-gatherer types will probably need little introduction to Haast helicopter pilot and hunter Dave Saxton, who deserves a few chapters in West Coast bush lore.
Police are investigating a violent home invasion incident in Wanaka when a man was attacked with a wheelbrace and demands were made for drugs and money.
The Department of Conservation has lifted the high alert for the Young Valley after rainstorm forecast for the Mt Aspiring National Park on Tuesday night was less intense than expected.
Intense rain predictions for today and tomorrow have caused the Department of Conservation to issue a "high alert" warning for the Young Valley landslip dam in the Mt Aspiring National Park.
Queenstown Lakes harbourmaster Marty Black is troubled by the number of people boating this summer without life jackets and in cheap inflatable boats.