The final round of the Southern Series downhill mountain bike event will be held at the Snow Park on the Pisa Range on Saturday.
Allegations of back-room deals have surfaced as the Queenstown Lakes District Council moves to bring the controversial Damper Bay resource consent application out of private mediation and back into the public arena.
Wanaka Wastebusters this week secured a 35-year lease on its present Ballantyne Rd site, after convincing the Wanaka Community Board not to approve a 10-year lease with several rights of renewal.
The Wanaka Community Board yesterday snapped up a $1 bargain - the former St John building.
Wanaka plumber Jup Brown (38) has finished a 2930km run the length of New Zealand to raise more than $15,000 for the Stroke Foundation and support his Dunedin mate, Nick Chisholm, who has locked-in syndrome after a series of strokes 11 years ago.
The former St John building in the Brownston St car park has been offered to the Queenstown Lakes District Council for one dollar.
Rising elite Dunedin cyclist Reta Trotman (22) won the inaugural Tour de Femme in the Cardrona Valley on Saturday, capping a busy fortnight in which she also won the 100km Le Race in Akaroa and completed examinations for her Bachelor of Physical Education.
More than 40 people attended a meeting in Wanaka on Thursday night to discuss proposed new water quality rules and standards for Otago's rural areas.
The Tour of Southland's King of the Mountain jersey appears destined for the wardrobe of Dunedin cyclist Joe Chapman, after he won three hill victories in a row yesterday during the fifth, 179km stage from Te Anau to the Crown Range.
Wanaka plumber Jup Brown (38) is nearing the end of his 68-day, 2900km run the length of New Zealand to raise funds for the Stroke Foundation.
Wanaka's building industry is slowly recovering from the recession, giving Hong Kong financier Lane Hocking (40) another reason to invest in Central Otago.
Tarras was founded on gold and sheep. Now, like much of the South Island high country, its future depends on water.
Wanaka Wastebusters was dealt a serious blow by the Queenstown Lakes District Council yesterday, when the plug was pulled on its kerbside recycling contract in favour of Auckland-owned company Smart Environmental Ltd, which significantly undercut its competition.
The Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust made a modest net operating profit of $66,459 from this year's biennial Wanaka event, allowing it to begin planning the 2013 Festival of Colour with confidence, trust chairman Nick Brown said yesterday.
The furore over Wanaka Wastebusters' lost recycling contract has spilled into its second week, with the mild-mannered Wanaka Community Board chairman, Lyal Cocks, embroiled in petitions of no-confidence and talk of conflicts of interest along with allegations of a "veiled" threat against him.
The Wanaka Arts Society's annual Labour Weekend competition attracted 153 entries from more than 60 artists.
After an absence of 55 years, the Cardrona School's bronze bell has finally returned to its rightful place, with the permission of Hawea Flat School, which acquired the bell about 1956.
Two new Wanaka cycling events are drawing strong entries, as people trade skis for wheels.
About 300 people marched in support of Wanaka Wastebusters yesterday afternoon, after the organisation's loss of a recycling contract with the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
The Department of Conservation hopes to complete an investigation into a large fire in the Craig Burn Reserve, near Lake Hawea, by the end of this month.