Wanaka school could have 800 pupils

A new primary school will be built in Wanaka, the Government has announced.

Government announces a new primary school for Wanaka and more classrooms for the growing town's only secondary school.

Fiordland leads Southland's tourism growth

Tourism spending was up by 16 per cent over the last 12 months in the Fiordland region, the second highest increase in ...

Figures released by the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation have shown a big increase in tourism spending in Te Anau.

Separate group to 'steer development' after hall delays

The Cromwell Memorial Hall as it stands today.

Community board slammed over handling of town hall delays: 'It's not too late for you to accept the reality of the consequences of the process.'

Independent economic report sought

Central Otago District Council economic development manager Warwick Hawker.

The public need 'robust data' to make understand the impact of proposed water changes in Central Otago.

Three Wanaka developments in the system

Northlake village centre as it might look when completed.

Developers continue to fill in bare urban land as Wanaka's population booms.

Qtown backpackers forced to leave

Bungi Backpackers manager Aoife Sheehan, 23, says it's hard to find accommodation in Queenstown in winter, but not ...

Long-term Queenstown backpacker residents "forced to leave home" as their hostel gets demolished to make way for a $60m hotel.

Southland economy rebounding, Queenstown surging ahead

Infometrics senior economist Benji Patterson.

Southland's economy continues to bounce back, while construction in Queenstown is growing at unprecedented levels.

Region continues to soar

Infometrics senior economist Benji Patterson.

Record-level activity in Queenstown-Lakes' construction industry has netted $158m in resource consents over the past year.

$7.3 million for pipes

The Kawarau Falls Bridge under construction in Queenstown.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will spend $7.3 million on a new waste water and water main pipelines that were projected to cost $1m.

The $30 million tragedy

The present Otago Regional Council office building in Stafford St, Dunedin.

Multi-million dollar rebuild of Otago Regional Council headquarters about prestige not practicality, say opponents

14,000 power poles replaced

08042015 News John Bisset /FairfaxNZ.  Power lines are being upgraded on Springfield Road Temuka. Thicker wires are ...

Beleaguered Otago lines company will spend millions on new power poles, cables and overhead lines in the next 10 years.

Door open for Q'town to seek funds

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult discuss government funding to help deal with the ...

Special roading projects, a town centre face-lift and public transport to be considered for additional funding.

New houses proposed for Wanaka

Dee and Peter Gordon, co-founders of Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village in Wanaka.

Building height and roading concerns raised as new Wanaka development heads to resource consent forum.

Farming at the touch of a button

Revolution Dairies director David Johnston with one of his Lely A4 robots while it milks a cow on the Wreys Bush farm.

A smartphone can control the day-to-day running on a dairy farm.

Queenstown tourism handout

Queenstown's high visitor numbers and low ratepayer base could help it win extra Government funding for tourism ...

The Government may come up with special funding for Queenstown outside of its new $100m tourism infrastructure fund.

Wayne Hudson fourth candidate for Wanaka ward

Wayne Hudson is standing for the Wanaka ward in the Queenstown Lakes District Council byelection.

Business start up supporter Wayne Hudson keen to represent Wanaka on Queenstown Lakes District Council

Makarora brigade gets keys to new fire truck

Makarora's new double cab fire truck beside Lake Wanaka.

Three firefighters had to squash up in Makarora's old truck. Now the rescue crew has a roomy new fire engine.

Lambing tweak pays off

Tom Wylie and Jane among the forage crops planted on the farm.

A day - or 10 - can make all the difference to farming.

Politicians focus on farming

Minister for Environment Nick Smith speaks at the Federated Farmers Southland annual meeting.

NZ's two main political parties make promises for farmers.

War for freedom campers video

Private properties such as Christopher Gilberd's Dunsandel farm stay are popular with freedom campers.

Competition is hotting up between rival freedom camping apps seeking driveway and private property parking for Lions tour visitors.

Innovation key to future of farming in Southland

KPMG global head of agribusiness Ian Proudfoot spoke of the need for New Zealand's farming sector to innovate to adapt ...

KPMG's global head of agribusiness Ian Proudfoot says New Zealand's primary sector needs to focus on innovation, not increased production.

Free wi-fi users clutter footpath

People using free wifi sit on the Helwick Street pavement outside Base fashion store.

People lying on a Wanaka pavement using free wi-fi could be lying beside the lake, annoyed shop owner says.

Spearing puts hand up for Queenstown Lakes District Council

Eddie Spearing is campaigning on town growth, youth, water quality and business development platforms.

Third candidate announces bid for vacant Wanaka seat on the Queenstown Lakes District Council

Ski field base building's remarkable win

The new Remarkables ski field base building has been named supreme winner at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards.

Despite 150kmh winds and snow during the building process, it was completed ahead of schedule.

China looking to Southland for tourism

Export Southland chairman Graham Dick with Chinese consul-general for Christchurch Jin Zhijian.

A visiting diplomat says Southland could be a prime destination for Chinese tourists, with visitor numbers predicted to double over the next five years.

Protesters 'Rick-roll' bank

Police keep watch over protesters outside Dunedin's ANZ on George St on Friday.

A Dunedin bank just got 'Rick-rolled' by dozens of singing protesters.

Immigration: Govt 'not getting it'

The Rees Hotel chief executive Mark Rose said immigration changes would affect hospitality workers in Queenstown.

Queenstown hotel boss wants the resort town to have a separate immigration policy.

Mixed reaction to $178m spend for tourism

Tekapo is one of the small towns likely to benefit from extra funding for tourism infrastructure.

The Government's tourism boost was met with a mixture of relief and disappointment from the industry.

Fast charge to electric cars in Wanaka

Queenstown Lakes District Council senior project manager Rob Darby with a lifesized display of an electric vehicle ...

Wanaka joining national network of electric vehicle fast charge stations.

New inner city development company looking for investors

Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt said a "majority" of councillors had been unaware of the creation of HWCB Management Limited.

Directors of a new company formed to promote inner city development is actively looking for investors both in Southland and nationwide.

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