An injured native bird has got the wind back under its wings thanks to a Lake Hawea resident.
How low will it go? Low rainfall and a retreating lake level has exposed an expanse of mudflats on the eastern edge of Roys Bay (pictured) in Wanaka.
Cheers of joy could be heard across the tarmac at Wanaka Airport yesterday morning as Nasa's stadium sized balloon left Earth on a possible 100-day journey around the southern hemisphere.
Nasa has successfully launched its stadium sized super pressure balloon from the Wanaka Airport, just after 11am this morning.
There are concerns unsuitable urban development will happen in the Wakatipu Basin if an independent planning study is adopted by the district council.
The Otago Regional Council's plans for the future of Queenstown Lakes district have been described as worryingly inadequate in places by the district's mayor.
Wanaka councillor Ella Lawton will step down from her role on the Queenstown Lakes District Council, paving the way for her to stand in the Otago Regional Council’s by-election.
The long-term future of the Wanaka Airport will now be in the hands of the Queenstown Airport Corporation, but the community will still have a say in how it is run.
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult has told Lake Hawea residents the council is not blind to the concerns the community has about the permanent chlorination of its water supply.
What is rural and what is not was one of the questions posed at a resource consent hearing in Wanaka this week.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council hopes to bring Wanaka into the future with a proposal to install two fast electric car chargers in the town's main street.
More rural land on the outskirts of Wanaka could be developed if plans for two subdivisions are approved by independent commissioners.
Plans for a golf course and new residential and commercial subdivision just outside of the Cardrona township are progressing as a second round of submissions on the proposal open.
Nasa's hopes for a successful launch of its super-pressure balloon in Wanaka have been deflated for a fifth time.