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Challenge Wanaka takes over town

More than 1500 athletes from 31 nations ran their hearts out last weekend as 2018’s Challenge Wanaka gripped the town. Pembroke Park was packed with cars, spectators flocked to the lakefront and loudspeakers bellowed out updates on the day’s...... Read More

22 -28 Feb 2018 | Edition 858

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Campers take to Wanaka buildings

As the wet weather has set in over the last couple of days, there have been reports of campers taking refuge in buildings around the Wanaka CBD. Our source reported finding one man camping out in the Spencer House Mall toilets on Tuesday February 20...... Read More

Extreme risk of rock fall closes Crown Range

The Crown Range Road between Queenstown and Wanaka is currently closed due to the extreme danger of rock fall on the Queenstown side caused by today’s heavy rain. Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) contractors have closed the road at...... Read More

Search for missing man continues

The search for missing 22-year-old Christopher Bates in the Alexandra area continues. Police staff and LandSAR volunteers from the Wakatipu and Central Otago areas are involved in the search as well as a large group of Christopher’s family and...... Read More

Fatal crash in Central Otago

Emergency services are attending a fatal crash on SH 8 near Cromwell. Police were called to the single-car crash near the lookout at 3.09pm. One person has died at the scene. The road is closed and diversions are in place. The Serious Crash...... Read More

Missing Central Otago man

Police are appealing for any sightings of 22-year-old Christopher James Bates. Chris was last seen leaving home in Central Alexandra about 1pm on Sunday 11 February, when he said  that he was heading to the river to meet with a friend...... Read More

Save our midwives

Wanaka’s mothers and mums-to-be have shown an outpouring of support in the wake of the news that the town will be left with just one full-time working midwife from April. A special emergency meeting between midwives, Ministry of Health (MoH)...... Read More

Accompanying the freedom camping patrol

As Wanaka’s shops, cafes and restaurants begin to wind down of an evening, there is activity on the lakefront. When 9pm draws near each night, Queenstown Lakes District Council’s (QLDC) enforcement officers will begin their patrol. And,...... Read More