Hawea residents advised to boil water

Tuesday, 7 January 2014, 12:30 pm Press Release: Queenstown Lakes District Council Hawea residents advised to boil water Hawea residents are advised to boil their drinking water after routine testing found low levels of e-coli in the town’s reticulated supply. The requirement to boil water for drinking and food preparation will remain until three consecutive […]

Festival of words draws closer

Wanaka’s first festival of words – the Outspoken Festival – is looming and locals have begun to talk about it in earnest. Several Wanaka folks are now starring in a new, tongue-in-cheek, 30-second long trailer being screened at Cinema Paradiso. The trailer was produced to promote the Outspoken festival of words and story telling, which […]

Wild Descent kayak event postponed

The second Wild Descent kayak team race has been postponed until April, following poor weather forecasts for later this week. The four-day, 261km race on the Clutha River was to have started at Albert Town on Thursday and finished at Molyneaux Bay, near Balclutha, on Sunday. Competitors would have raced in teams of two and […]

Dart Valley danger reassessed

Officials say there is no immediate danger that a landslide dam in the Dart Valley will release a large volume of water but safety warnings remain in place for trampers and Dart River users. The Department of Conservation has closed parts of the Dart – Rees circuit, as many sections are under water or have […]

Care urged as fire danger climbs

People in the Queenstown Lakes District are being urged to be careful while mowing or doing other outdoor activities that can cause sparks after several vegetation fires this week. Dry conditions in the Wanaka area have increased the risk that a fire could spread quickly. Department of Conservation Wanaka community relations manager Annette Grieve said […]

New chairwoman keen on local decisions

Should Wanaka ratepayers contribute to Queenstown’s proposed $50 million convention centre? That question is just one agenda item promising to add zest to Wanaka Community Board meetings under the leadership of new chairwoman Rachel Brown. Ms Brown had previously questioned helping pay for the Queenstown convention centre, but her election to the Wanaka board last […]

Wanaka Time Bank

Wanaka Time Bank is a community group that facilitates sharing of our resources, skills and services to create abundance within our community for all. Have you ever thought you’d love to trade your skills with another person’s skills? Perhaps you’re an IT whiz & you’d like someone to help you prune your fruit trees? Or a gardener […]

Albert Town hit hardest if dam fails

  If the Lake Hawea Control Dam were to fail, up to 420 properties and 2620 people could be affected, a Contact Energy-commissioned report says. The September 2011 report outlines potential consequences of a dam failure and was required as part of the energy company’s standard practice, not because of any concerns with the dam. […]

New event at Heli Challenge

Top young skiers and boarders will get their chance to shine at the inaugural Junior World Heli Challenge, starting on Friday. The event is the forerunner to the well established week-long World Heli Challenge, which sees competitors taken by helicopter to back country locations where they seek to impress judges with their skill and daring […]