There was "a collective sigh of relief" in Arrowtown yesterday with the news independent commissioners had decided "enough is enough".
Properties on Beach St, between Brunswick St and Lake St, will today be connected to a temporary water main which will remain in place while a new permanent main is installed underground.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is moving to rein in a forecast $400 million debt by tackling the false perception of an "endless supply" of water thought to be held by many residents who live near lakes.
Commissioners' decisions on the future shape of Arrowtown will be discussed publicly by the Queenstown Lakes District Council on Monday.
Queenstown structural engineers are working double-time in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake to assess the future of Christchurch's threatened heritage buildings and help clients "get back on their feet".
A Wanaka waste troubleshooter called "Dr Compost" is now on call in Queenstown and will travel over the Crown Range to host his first workshop in the Wakatipu next month.
Council planners have recommended a proposed building platform for a Dublin Bay property near Wanaka be granted resource consent.
If Simon Hayes wins the three-way battle for the Queenstown Lakes district mayoralty next month, he won't be hosting any celebration parties in the Wakatipu.
Opposition to a proposed luxury residential development at Damper Bay, near Wanaka, continues to mount with more than 50 public submissions lodged against a resource consent application by a group of businessmen.
Lakes District Museum is in a "reasonable financial situation", despite a slight drop in visitor numbers and rising costs, thanks to a small rise in admission charges and "excellent" trading in the book shop.
A campaign to offer stressed Canterbury earthquake victims a free holiday in Wanaka and Queenstown next weekend gathered momentum yesterday: 166 beds were available in Wanaka and many more in Queenstown.
Engineers have been asked to inspect the Queenstown Lakes District Council's Wanaka headquarters after a severe crack in an outer wall was discovered recently.
The Wanaka Skate Park has started another fundraising drive for a proposed $500,000 extension on Pembroke Park.
Four young Cantabrians were labelled "very lucky and very stupid" by Queenstown police after a boat trip went "terribly wrong" and their dinghy sank in the freezing waters of Lake Wakatipu on Saturday night.
Details of exactly how $150 million has been pruned from the Queenstown Lakes District Council's projected long-term debt of $413 million will be revealed by council staff on Thursday.
The Arrowtown Rugby Club says its old clubrooms in Jack Reid Park are "run down and dangerous"and delays in replacing the building could mean top club rugby is no longer played in the town.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council this week approved a proposal by Skyline Enterprises to build and maintain world-class mountain-bike tracks within the Ben Lomond Reserve.
Accumulated rubbish in the Queenstown CBD and poorly co-ordinated waste collection are two issues the Queenstown Lakes District Council has under consideration as a comprehensive review of the Wakatipu basin's Waste Management Strategy gets under way.
More than 60 Arrowtown residents quizzed their local government elections candidates on the controversial Queenstown Airport shares deal, high rates increases, councillors versus council staff issues, heritage values, taxing visitors and the tension between growth and amenity last night.