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Giving it a tri

  TriWanaka's first race of its second series was held last Friday, with locals and holiday-makers getting...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:56
By Sports reporter editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Beyond 2050: the future of Wanaka - have your say

  Now is the time to have your say on the future you'd like to see for Wanaka and the district. A draft vision...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:51
By Staff reporter editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Epic swims for the Epic Swim

Hundreds of swimmers took to the open water for the tenth annual Epic Swim on Lake Taupo last weekend, among them were...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:47
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Swing bridge ramp’s official opening

Swing bridge ramp's official opening Upper Clutha Tracks Trust, along with Queenstown Lakes District Council Deputy...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:45
By Staff reporter editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Run with a purpose this Sunday

  There are two certainties to Wanaka: a love of exercise and a dedication to recycling. This Sunday provides an...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:41
By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Locals athletes among Halberg Awards finalists

Four local athletes - Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (snowboarding), Nico Porteous (freeskiing), Adam Hall (Para alpine skiing) and...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:36
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Freedom campers or freeloaders?

  To encourage New Zealand freedom camping, or to discourage freedom camping, that is the question. It is one that...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:32
By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Roys Bay regatta

Lake Wanaka was filled with sails over the weekend for the annual Mitre 10 Roys Bay Regatta, hosted by Wanaka Yacht Club. After...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:31
By Sports reporter editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Second solo swim of Lake Wanaka

Despite an injury and an intensive training schedule, a Wanaka woman is diving head first into another solo attempt to...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:18
By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

More drones in the air?

Are drones wrecking your buzz? In the last few weeks, the number of drones operating over the lakes and beaches, and...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:14
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Massive mountain-bike trail project pedals forward

  Despite Central Otago opening doors to adventure in nearly every corner of its land, a local group of residents...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:10
By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Subsidised arts studio space available

  Applications are rolling in for space to create art in Wanaka at a subsidised rate. In a shift from their previous...

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Posted on 17 Jan 2019 05:07
By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Emergency alert test reaches 60%

Six out of ten New Zealanders received a text during a Civil Defence emergency alert test carried out in November, just...

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Posted on 10 Jan 2019 05:56
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Cleaning up our streets

Cleaning up someone else's vomit has to be one of the worst jobs around and this New Year's celebration saw 13...

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Posted on 10 Jan 2019 05:43
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Don’t spread freshwater pests

With an increased number of people using the region's lakes, rivers and streams over the hot summer months, Otago...

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Posted on 10 Jan 2019 05:41
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Autumn art school open for registrations

Aspiring artists should be in quick because registrations for Wanaka's Autumn Art School opened on Tuesday and already...

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Posted on 10 Jan 2019 05:32
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

New local community sport advisor

Kelvin “Tiny” Carruthers has been announced as the region's new Sport Central community sport advisor....

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Posted on 10 Jan 2019 05:18
By Allison McLean newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Locals enter the most insane rally on earth

On July 21, 2019, a few 22-year-old local lads will be embarking on a 20,000km journey from London to Mongolia in the most...

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Posted on 10 Jan 2019 05:15
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Upper Clutha leads Catchment Management planning

  The government's National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) aims to maintain all freshwater...

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Posted on 10 Jan 2019 05:08
By Julie Perry Upper Clutha Lakes Trust

Freedom camping hubs proving successful

The stats are in and the free hubs and overnight campsites provided by Queenstown Lakes District Council have proven to...

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Posted on 10 Jan 2019 05:04
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Restricted fire season in force

A permit is required to light an open air fire in the Central and Queenstown Lakes zones as a restricted fire season is...

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Posted on 10 Jan 2019 05:01
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Vicious dog attack

  On December 27, a man holidaying in Clyde was attacked by a dog while he was cycling on the Clyde-Alexandra river...

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Posted on 9 Jan 2019 21:46
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Grebe Diary 10 | December 30 2018

  On December 24, I did the grebe rounds with young Carter Kelly and was able to record that things appeared to...

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Posted on 4 Jan 2019 10:27
By John Darby   Grebe Diary

Police seek public’s help after Lake Hawea attack

  Police are seeking help from the public following the rape and assault of a 22-year-old woman in Lake...

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Posted on 3 Jan 2019 11:15
By Staff reporter editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Annual rodeo attracts crowds, competitors

  About 180 contestants competed at yesterday's Wanaka Rodeo in front of a crowd of thousands. There were...

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Posted on 3 Jan 2019 06:49
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Tips to reduce 2019 waste

  As Wanaka moves towards a reduced waste new year, the country's Ministry of Environment (MOE) offers easy...

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Posted on 3 Jan 2019 06:29
By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Toxic algae in Hawea River

The toxic algae phormidium has been sighted in Hawea River, upstream of Camphill Road bridge. Phormidium and an increasing...

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Posted on 3 Jan 2019 06:22
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

R&A ups its eco credentials

  Festivals can be messy affairs which generate a huge amount of waste. Tens of thousands of plastic cups, and food...

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Posted on 3 Jan 2019 06:19
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Welcoming 2019

  Signing out for 2018 seemed to go smoothly across the Upper Clutha as the weather played nice and people, for...

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Posted on 3 Jan 2019 06:14
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Two close calls on the Clutha

It's a message that needs constant reiteration over the summer months - swimming in the Clutha River is not recommended...

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Posted on 3 Jan 2019 06:12
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Feline fosterers needed

  An influx of furry residents at Cat Rescue Wanaka (CRW) has put the registered charity under pressure. It urgently...

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Posted on 3 Jan 2019 06:06
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Bring Our Birds Home secures new deal

2019 is shaping up to be a successful year for the Bring Our Birds Home (BOBH) campaign. The country's greatest historic...

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Posted on 3 Jan 2019 06:03
By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Festival of Colour brings opportunity for students

  Living in Central Otago is a feast for the eyes with its natural beauty and is a lifestyle choice for many; but...

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Posted on 27 Dec 2018 05:59
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

New car park for Mt Iron

Earthworks got underway to construct a new car park for the Mount Iron walking track opposite Three Parks, marking the...

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Posted on 27 Dec 2018 05:54
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

New rules for boaties this summer

New rules are in force on the Clutha River this summer, with the Navigation Safety Bylaw 2018 in play since December 1. The...

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Posted on 27 Dec 2018 05:51
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

The unsung heroes tackling festival’s waste

Rhythm & Alps is the premier South Island music festival; with up to 10,000 party-goers flocking to Cardrona from all over...

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Posted on 27 Dec 2018 05:48
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

John Creek officially recognised

  Ongoing confusion around the name of a settlement, know as John's Creek by locals but named Gladstone on...

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Posted on 27 Dec 2018 05:38
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

A kiss under the (native) mistletoe

  If you get a kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas, you're part of a tradition that dates back to the...

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Posted on 27 Dec 2018 05:19
By Forest & Bird OPINION

Boaties beware of hessian matting

  This summer boaties on Lake Wanaka  are being asked to take extra care to avoid tearing the hessian matting...

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Posted on 27 Dec 2018 05:05
By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is coming to Wanaka

  The Festival of Colour has confirmed that the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will be performing for two concerts...

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Posted on 27 Dec 2018 05:02
By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz