Maintaining workforce high priority

Wanaka agricultural contractor Richard Woodhead believes more needs to be done to encourage school leavers into the industry as the existing workforce ages.He is also concerned about the industry’s ability to find experienced staff, especially during peak season, and would like to see overseas tourist drivers be made more aware of the skills required to

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Charity golf funds for hospice trust

The 15th annual Hirepool Charity Golf Classic tees off at the Wanaka Golf Club this Friday, and a public auction at the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday afternoon will raise funds for the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust. Tournament organiser Bill Hore said 54 teams of four had entered the tournament this year, 46 of

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Dine by Donation next month

Two world-class chefs will be collaborating for one night in Wanaka to raise money for a local youth trust early next month. Wanaka organic chef Lucas Parkinson will be cooking alongside internationally acclaimed three-hatted Auckland chef Michael Meredith at ODE restaurant at the first Dine by Donation event in Wanaka. Dine by Donation was the

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Wanaka building consents boom

Wanaka’s building boom is set to continue, creating job opportunities in the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s building consent processing and inspection teams. There were 712 total building consents issued for Wanaka in 2017, at an estimated value of $258 million, according to council data released to Stuff on February 28. That’s a 45.6 per cent

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Big crowd expected for Warbirds 30th

Organisers of the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow over Easter are preparing for what is expected to be the biggest crowd in years. Event manager Mandy Deans said tickets to the airshow, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, had sold steadily since sales opened last year. “We always get strong early sales from

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Surface flooding, road closed, motorists warned

Heavy rain caused widespread surface flooding across much of Wanaka township and surrounding areas yesterday after former tropical cyclone Fehi moved across the South Island. Queenstown Lakes District Council warned motorists to watch out for water on roads, in particular Mt Aspiring Rd between the Mt Roy track car park and Ruby Island Rd. Mt

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Film festival to celebrate free-flying

Wanak’s first “Freedom of Flight Film Festival” will be held this Saturday, at the Lake Wanaka Centre. Co-organiser Pedro Pimentel said it was being held to coincide with the national cross-country paragliding championships being held in Wanaka and Queenstown this week. He said the festival would showcase a variety of free-flight disciplines, including speedflying, hang

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Heatwave sends people to cool sanctuaries

Heatwave conditions continued in Central Otago and Wanaka yesterday, leading people to scamper for shade or remain indoors as temperatures climbed into the mid-30s for the fourth straight day. Not long after 4pm the gauge struck 36degC in the centre of town, while MetService said it peaked at 33 degrees at the airport. Those on

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Hundreds head into lake for The Ruby

The Ruby swim event was held in Wanaka in picturesque conditions on Saturday morning, and saw hundreds of competitors of all ages take part. The feature swim, The Ruby, saw swimmers take off from Waterfall Creek and swim 2.5km around nearby Ruby Island and back to shore. It was won by local Rio Olympian Tony

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