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A “joyous day” for Queenstown Lakes District

QF121 touched down at 2:31 pm on Monday, 387 days after the last scheduled international flight arrived at Queenstown Airport. As...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Nationwide consultation on freedom camping

Nationwide consultation on how we should deal with the minority of freedom campers who are causing “quite a stink”...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

40-year mystery of missing mountaineer solved

A few weeks ago, the Wānaka Sun published a story on the discovery of a body on Mt Aspiring on 19 March 2021 which was believed...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

First Covid vaccines roll out in Wānaka

The roll out of Covid vaccinations for Wānaka began last weekend, with a clinic for frontline health workers held at the...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wānaka SAR awarded substantial grant

Wānaka Search & Rescue (SAR) has been awarded $30,000 in the latest round of the Central Lakes Trust (CLT) financial grants. Wānaka...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Water quality in the Upper Clutha the “best in Otago’

Water quality in the Upper Clutha is “excellent,” the best in Otago, according to a ‘state of the environment'...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Mt Iron Junction development gets go-ahead

The proposed new development Mt Iron Junction has been given the green light to go ahead with the granting of consent by...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Contact Epic Race: great day out for 660 riders!

“A stunning day on a stunning track with a field full of good guys racing the hardest course to date:” was how...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Future bright for snowsports athletes

It's been an incredible year so far for the likes of local ski and snowboard stars Alice Robinson, Nico Porteous and...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Festival of Colour 2021 wraps up

With more than 9,000 tickets sold to over 40 shows across eight days, Wānaka's Festival of Colour has been hailed...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Review: Taonga Moana

‘Taonga Moana - A love letter to the oceans' was a truly stunning part at this year's Festival of Colour,...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Snowboxx ramps up!

New Zealand's newest festival destination, Snowboxx, is launching this September with a 100 per cent Aotearoa lineup. The...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

The new Wasties mural

A new mural on the side of a storage container outside Wastebusters aims to raise the profile of Lake Wānaka's crested...

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Posted on 22 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Strong finish for Campbell Wright

Wānaka's rising biathlon star, 18-year-old Campbell Wright, finished his season strong with a 19th place finish at...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Survey shows youth drinking in excess

More than 40 per cent of Wānaka's 13 to 16-year-olds are regular alcohol drinkers, according to a survey carried out...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Consultation open on ORC’s Long-term Plan

The Otago Regional Council's (ORC) Draft Long-term Plan for 2021-31 (LTP) is now open for submissions until 9 May....

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Climbers not climbing beyond their ability

The death of two promising mountaineers, one of whom was from Wānaka, was the subject of a three-day inquest in January...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Finishing on a high note

Philip Tremewan has been at the forefront of Wānaka's Festival of Colour as director since its inception in 2005....

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Light Up Winter

The Cromwell & Districts Promotion Group (CDPG) is offering local and regional artists the chance to Light Up Winter this...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Poppy & Star flight passes through Wānaka

The Poppy & Star Flight is a nationwide project with 34 volunteer pilots each flying a sector on a 4-week itinerary in the...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Extreme authors, speaking at Film Festival

The New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival is pleased to announce a diverse range of adventure authors to speak at this...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Cromwell builder wins NZCB Apprentice Challe

Apprentice Briearnah Cook has claimed the title of the Central Otago New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB) Apprentice Challenge...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Saving a tonne of apples

900kg of excess apples were turned into 220 jars of chutney and 250 litres of juice at the seventh annual Wānaka Autumn...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

What’s on for Anzac Day 2021?

The build-up to Anzac Day kicks off tomorrow with the Poppy Day street collection.  The theme for this year's...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wanakup: more than a cup

The Wanakup stall has been serving up free coffee at almost every festival and event this summer - from the A&P Show, to...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Te Taki o te Ua / The Sound of Rain unveiled

If you visit the Festival of Colour HQ in the next few days to pick up your programme or tickets, be sure to spare a few...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

A dreamy Sunday with French for Rabbits

Start your Sunday off right with some dreamy tunes at the Festival of Colour's Pacific Crystal Palace, courtesy of...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Street Theatre Saturday

Music, theatre, dance will take over the streets of Wānaka on Saturday for the Festival of Colour arts festival's...

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Posted on 15 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wheels at Wānaka- spectacular success!

The instigator of Wheels at Wānaka Allan Dippie was thrilled to bits at how the event panned out over the Easter weekend. 24,000...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

New Worlds flaunt Easter rules

The Easter opening debate on who can and who can't open and when has reared its ugly head again, as Wānaka's two...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Queenstown Lakes targeted for government funds

The Minister of Tourism Stuart Nash is to reopen a government fund that supports councils to build infrastructure for visitors,...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Commerce Commission makes decision on Aurora

Last Wednesday the Commerce Commission of New Zealand (CCNZ) published its decision on Aurora Energy's customised price-quality...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

No lasting love for this year’s Bachelors and Bachelorettes

A Wānaka local again took the final rose in this year's season of ‘The Bachelor', following Richie Boyen's...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Body found on Mt Aspiring named

The remains of the body found on Mt Aspiring two weeks ago are believed to be those of Australian Terry Jordan (30). The...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Central Otago Sports Awards are back!

After a lapse year due to covid, the Central Otago Sports Awards are back on the calendar for 2021.  The Awards will...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

The Air Between Us

A dance between two people in mid-air will take place in the Dinosaur Park on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 at...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Memorial Pinot raises $6,000 for animal rescue charity

Otago animal rescue charity Pound Paws Rescue have received a $6,250 donation from Valli Vineyards, from proceeds of a very...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

More funding needed to support community aspirations for fre

Local charitable trust WAI Wānaka is successfully managing a Jobs for Nature programme delivering positive environmental...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By WAI Wānaka Author

Government walks away from freshwater rules

The Government has caved to pressure from industry by backing away from rules that would protect Southland's rivers...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Forest & Bird Author

Those bloody nor’westers!

No one can not have experienced the gale-force nor' westers that happened over the weekend. I went out to the Wheels...

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Posted on 8 Apr 2021 06:00
By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz