Wanaka teenage freeskiing sensation Jossi Wells is primed to continue his success in the northern hemisphere winter after winning ¥1 million at the recent Nippon Freeskiing Open in Niigita, Japan.
Efforts to find new organisers for the annual Race to the Sky hillclimb from the Cardrona Valley to the Snow Farm atop the Pisa Range have failed, so the winding gravel road will remain quiet this Easter.
Many Albert Town residents experienced a sleepless night on Saturday as music from the Rippon after-party at Dublin Downs continued until dawn.
There was a 90% likelihood the massive landslip damming the Young River would fail in the next 12 months, an expert hydrologist told commissioners at a determination hearing in Wanaka yesterday.
The risk of a structure failure at the dammed Young River remains very high and a flood protection scheme is ‘‘urgently'' needed to protect 200ha of prime farming pasture 12km downstream at the confluence of the Young and Makarora Rivers, a University of Canterbury geologist claimed yesterday.
International investors may be lining up behind ambitious plans to expand skifield operations on the Pisa Range, but those responsible for deciding whether a $14 million Cardrona Valley gondola goes ahead remain uncertain whether it will have any economic spinoffs for the district.