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‘A seriously good result…”

    It was the perfect storm in Wanaka last week when a 1960’s weatherboard home on Beacon Point Road sold for over $2.1m. This was more than double the rateable valuation, and while such sales are not uncommon in Wanaka, Gail Hudson,...... Read More

Council backs WCB

    Councillors have voted to retain the Wanaka Community Board in its present form, with all three Wanaka Ward Queenstown Lakes District Councillor positions retained.  The motion before this week’s meeting on Thursday was...... Read More

When ‘hard and early’ is wrong

    Tuesday’s apology by Auckland couple William Willis and Hannah Rawnsley for a flagrant breach of Lockdown rules was as orchestrated as the trip they took. The best one could say about the couple was that in keeping with Jacinda...... Read More

The man behind the petition

    A local bloke through and through, Dean Rankin was born and bred in Wanaka, and has spent most of his adult life in the town he loves.    His family originally moved to Wanaka from Cromwell back in 1971, and Dean was born...... Read More

Road closures planned

    National transport agency Waka Kotahi will carry out significant road repairs over the next week which will result in roads being closed.   Maintenance works on and near State Highway 6, will close the Kawarau Gorge, Kingston...... Read More

Lifeline for Board

  Wanaka’s Community Board is set to get a reprieve today when the Queenstown Lakes District Council meets. Following a wave of opposition to its proposal to dump the board at the next election, culminating in a petition to break away from...... Read More

Second opening for restaurateurs

Wānaka’s newest restaurant was given an early jab by Covid - but thanks to this week’s announcement of a return to Level 2, owners James Stapley and Sam Cooper are gearing up again.   ARC, on the Ardmore Street site on the lake side...... Read More

Rates: more the merrier

  Ratepayers will be hit in the pocket a little less than expected – because there are more of them.   Queenstown Lakes District Councillors have approved  a rate take lift of 4.38% for 2021-2022 – slightly down on the...... Read More

The Rainbow connection

  Wānaka Community Board member Chris Hadfield has joined the ranks of those who improvise during lockdown.   The owner of Ritual Cafe in Helwick Street lamented the cancellation of the Winter Pride event in Queenstown - but wasn’t...... Read More

Billy’s no friend of the bunnies

Billy and the Bunny Catchers might sound like a 1970 pop group - they are very much in tune with 2021.   Rabbits are the number one pest in and around Wānaka, and while they breed all year round, now that spring has sprung they are getting especially...... Read More