A dog attack on a sheep has angered Angus Gordon, of Riverbank Rd, who said yesterday he had to cut the merino wether's throat because its hind leg had been "eaten out" and it was suffering.
Dozens of Mt Iron residents evacuated their houses about 4am this morning after a large vegetation fire took hold in a gully between Aubrey Rd and Bevan and Islington streets.
Wanaka residents described a potentially disastrous vegetation fire early yesterday as "absolutely terrifying" and "frighteningly close" after up to 50 firefighters from the district's combined fire brigades saved several homes from the blaze.
Two search and rescue operations have been initiated today by Wanaka police - one to retrieve an injured woman from the Motatapu River and another to locate a male tramper reported overdue in the Mt Aspiring National Park in the upper Wilkin Valley near Mt Twilight.
Dion Latta's rescuers were among those "shattered" to learn the popular teenager they described as a "fighter" died in hospital yesterday after his dramatic rescue from a waterfall in the Motatapu Gorge, near Wanaka, on Sunday night.
Canadian triathlete Simon Whitfield hopes a season of training around Wanaka and racing in today's Contact Cup event will be the boost he needs in his campaign for a third Olympic medal in London.
The Challenge Wanaka Swim the Course event yesterday attracted at least 265 swimmers, believed to be the largest field to have participated in the fun swim in the event's six-year history.
Triathlete Simone Maier promises to be dancing on her bike during Saturday's 226km Challenge Wanaka and hopes locals will dance in the streets in support.
More than 270 junior triathletes triumphed over rough lake conditions yesterday morning and romped home in the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka.
Wanaka is abuzz with activity as junior triathletes prepare for the opening of the Challenge Wanaka festival tomorrow.
Wanaka triathlete Tony Dodds is ready to take on his New Zealand team-mates and internationals at the Contact Cup in Wanaka on Friday, but his competition is ramping up the (friendly) trash talk.
Wanaka swimmers Tane Duncan and Kenzie Findlay are on a mission for personal bests at the Otago championships in Dunedin this month.
A change of lifestyle has seen a former West Otago farmer swap deer for worms. Marjorie Cook finds out how going back to the good life has worked for Lloyd Thayer.
The cause of Thursday's early morning vegetation fire on Mt Iron is still being investigated, but the Department of Conservation believes it was not deliberately lit.
New Bevan St residents Jacque and Mike Regal say their neighbours gave them the "warmest welcome yet" to Wanaka at 4.30am Thursday as they stood shaking hands in the street in their underwear, while fire raged around them.
Izze Richardson (80) of Wakari, Dunedin has been holidaying in the Albert Town Recreational Reserve since 1971, when she and her late husband Stewart first created a caravan niche among rosehips and briar.
Freedom camping at Waterfall Creek, just 2km from Wanaka's town boundary and close to several commercial camping grounds, has angered Wanaka businessmen Richard Hutchison and Barry Bruce.
Tinder-dry conditions in the Queenstown Lakes district have prompted a total ban on all fires, including previously permitted fires, from midnight tomorrow.
A Maritime New Zealand report says Trevor Hawke was wearing an inflatable life jacket back to front and the carbon dioxide (CO2) cylinder was not positioned correctly inside the garment when he fell from his yacht into Lake Wanaka on November 17.
This summer, the Lake Hawea Holiday Park has been full of people escaping Christchurch earthquakes and liquefaction.