Wānaka Sun       

How to survive your child’s first day at school

No matter how many years you've spent planning for this moment, nothing can truly prepare you for your child's...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

$10k bounty on bird’s — very alive — head

“If you hear the South Island kōkako, it is so distinctively different, it will stop you in your tracks,”...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

‘Mass surveillance not a solution’

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) recently announced that they have made plans to install CCTV cameras to monitor...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Local violinist celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday

In a tour of Bannockburn, Wānaka, and Queenstown, two musicians will be celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday in...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Column:Identifying the ‘who dunnit’ is a freshwater priority

The swimming season is upon us. Are our favourite swimming spots good to go? And if not, why not? We know that most rivers...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Elizabeth McGruddy Federated Farmers Senior Policy Adviser

Hank Bilous takes silver at season opener in Japan

Wānaka skier Hank Bilous has finished on the podium at the first stop of the 2020 Freeride World Tour in Japan. A blistering...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Sports Reporter sports@thewanakasun.co.nz

Back to school: Meet the 2020 MAC Head Students

Nearly a tenth of the Wānaka population will be returning to Mount Aspiring College this coming Monday; and with them, two...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

A conscious 2020

I don't know about you, but I'm sliding around in my year's goal setting like a bag of chocolate fish...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emily Herbert emilyherbertsays.com

Wānaka’s house prices show slowest growth in district

Kiwis who purchased property in 2010 had extra reason to celebrate at the turn of the decade… especially those in...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

“We’re ready!”

Principal of Wānaka's super shiny and brand spanking new school Te Kura O Take Kārara, Jodie Howard is champing...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Column: Roaring 20’s off to a roaring start

 The Upper Clutha District is growing, and fast. And with that comes more and more families and young people. School...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Kahu Youth kahu.youth@xtra.co.nz

Could the grass be greener on the other side?

Questions over grass maintenance and irrigation have been raised by concerned locals that have spotted browning grass despite...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Young entrepreneurs raise money for Australian fire brigade

There's no better way to quench thirst and raise money for a charitable cause than a lemonade stand. Or even better...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

You’re invited to make some noise about our library’s future

Wouldn't it be awesome to experience virtual reality or use a 3D printer in Wānaka's library? How about being...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Youth Olympic bronze for Luca Harrington

Wānaka freeskier Luca Harrington has clocked up some massive airtime in the Lausanne 2020 halfpipe to claim a bronze medal...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Sports Reporter sports@thewanakasun.co.nz

Council issues water restrictions for Luggate

Last week the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) issued a water restriction notice to the residents of Luggate, prohibiting...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Ground up for grabs

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) will be providing free mulch for interested gardeners, landscapers and multi-mulchers...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

New street art turns heads

Next time you're getting re-burger or sushi from the food truck area on Brownston Street, make sure to check out...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Ex lawyer now makes pizza — and doesn’t look back

“I have studied and worked with law for something around seven years. Coming from a family of people that has defended...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

New director for board of QAC

The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has appointed a new director to the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) Board...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

SH6 Makarora to Wānaka – delays this week

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises people travelling on SH6 Makarora to Wānaka to allow extra time for their journeys...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Staff Reporter editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Southern Steel set to visit Wānaka

If you're a fan of netball, you're in luck. The Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel have announced their plans...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wānaka Tracks App — the Tinder of hiking

It's the height of Wanaka's busy season with the town literally bursting at the seams, so to help all the newbies...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

TriWānaka enjoys new watersports facility

The new Wānaka Watersports Facility stretched its legs recently when TriWānaka held their first Swim-Run of the year.  “Our...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Mountain-bike heaven ready for riders

A 13-minute drive from downtown Wānaka, the South Island's newest mountain biking adventure park opens today, Thursday...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Meet the Te Kura O Take Kārara teachers

Olivia Pearce Year 3-4, Te Kōuka Block Olivia Pearce is a first-year teacher. The Wānaka local has lived here for...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Establishing morning routine for your child

As a parent, the morning routine before school can often be the most stressful part of your day. Packing lunches, tying...

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Posted on 23 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Aspiring Art Prize a fundraising success

A graphite drawing depicting the frustration of an emerging social class in New Zealand was judged supreme winner at the...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Aid concert raises over $40,000

What was once just an idea has far exceeded expectations with last Friday's Wānaka Aussi Aid concert raising over...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Bowls at its best

It was a “feast of bowls” when the annual Fulton Hogan Wānaka Men's Classic Fours Invitational Bowls...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Sports Reporter sports@thewanakasun.co.nz

Hāwea athlete carries NZ flag at Youth Winter Olympics

Hāwea's biathlon athlete and cross-country skier Campbell Wright, 17, had the honour of carrying the flag for the...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wastewater pipeline construction work nearly finished

The construction of the main Clyde wastewater pipeline is close to completion, with work in Tarbert Street, Alexandra,...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Police caution to lock doors in light of burglaries

Northlake and Aubrey Road were hit by 16 burglaries on the night of Thursday, January 9. Such a large spike of victims...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Cycling with a coffin to raise awareness

If you've ever been exhausted by a long bike ride, imagine adding a 50kg coffin to the back and cycling from Dunedin...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Roys Peak a hotspot for unauthorised drones

Tourist crowds aren't the only thing visiting Roys Peak this summer; since Christmas, Wānaka DOC office has received...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Major drugs bust in Wānaka

A 44-year-old Wānaka man was arrested by police following a drug bust last Thursday that saw a worrying amount of illegal...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Regional economic confidence may not translate to Wānaka

A net 14 percent of Otago households expect their region's economy to improve over the coming year, according to...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Local scam targets popular concert

Facebook scams have been sweeping the area and stealing hundreds of dollars from locals. A popular scam includes offering...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Caroline Moratti newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Sadowski-Synnott nominated for Halberg

The Halberg Foundation has announced 26 finalists for six categories at the 57th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards – New...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Jet boat explodes on Lake Hāwea

Lake Hawea played host to a near-tragedy on Monday the 13th a jet boat exploded.   “I have never seen...

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Posted on 16 Jan 2020 06:00
By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz