environment

Secrets hidden in the depths of Lake Hayes and Lake Wakatipu are set be revealed thanks to a new piece of equipment. Otago Regional Council (ORC) carries out regular checks of the region's iconic lakes, but its machinery has been...

A home for harvesting the sun

Queenstowner is dedicating his new state-of-the-art passive solar home to the memory of his architect. Yevrah Ornstein's horseshoe-shaped home at Lakeside Estates was the last house designed by pioneering Christchurch eco-architect Roger Buck, who died early this year. "I'm very fortunate...

Park’s cash for natives

Kiwi Birdlife Park owners are embarking on a new environmental initiative. Paul and Sandra Wilson are stumping up cash for staff to plant a tree per day within the grounds. Paul reckons it shows they're doing their bit for climate change. Sandra...
OPINION: Every three years we see a classic centre-left, centre-right debate, and 2017 is no different, Esther Whitehead, Sustainable Queenstown NFP founder writes. This I find intriguing in a MMP system, which is not a de facto two-party structure. Whilst there...
A torrent of overseas visitors combined with farm runoff is pressuring waterways to the point where New Zealand's reputation as a tourist destination is under threat, a university academic says. Otago University tourism professor Brent Lovelock says pictures of NZ's...
Government scientists are developing a plan to keep the invasive lake weed lagarosiphon out of Lake Wakatipu. Three sections of the upper Kawarau River have been cordoned off with buoys to restrict lagarosiphon - also known as South African oxygen...

Debate sparks up

An electric car advocate says Queenstown's council and hotels are lagging behind in providing charging facilities. Auckland Tesla car owner Sean Dick is on a Leading The Charge around-the-country road trip. It's organised by the Better NZ Trust to promote the...
Scientists are suggesting solutions for saving Lake Hayes. David Williams talks to those who have spent decades living, fishing and swimming there Surrounded by wood panelling and photos of grandchildren, Paddy Strain turns from her dining table and points out...

Can we save Lake Hayes?

One of the country's top freshwater scientists is floating a plan to save Lake Hayes. Since 2006, algal blooms have worsened in the picturesque lake, near Queenstown, leading to a decline in water quality, fish kills and skin irritations for...
Surely everyone accepts that wilding pines are a pest that need exterminated at almost any cost? Try telling that to ex-Queenstowner Jim Childerstone. He discusses his newly-released book, with its alternative facts on the issue, with Philip Chandler Semi-retired forester is taking a stand against the wholesale...
OPINION: My straw poll is mixed. Former mayor Warren Cooper reckons Queenstown isn't as busy as he expected this summer. (It's alright, Warren, Chinese New Year's almost here.) Meanwhile, one of our Dunedin wizards, Wayne, who helps put together the Scene, couldn't...

Delta a dumping ground

Queenstown's council has approved dumping thousands of truckloads of fill on the Shotover Delta – in an outstanding natural landscape area. Consent got the thumbs-up in November despite a report from Dr Marion Reid, its own consultant, raising concerns. March Construction...
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