environment

US foundation’s funding

By TRACEY ROXBURGH An off-road cycle trail connecting Tucker Beach to Arthurs Point and Arrowtown’s one step closer thanks to a whopping donation by a United States-based foundation. The Morgridge Family Foundation’s given $36,000 to the Queenstown Trails Trust, through the Wakatipu...
At 13 years old, I watched with excitement as the AJ Hackett crew tested their bungees outside our house on Thompson Street. They tied cables to a power pole and a ute, and accelerated. I remember getting weighed in a creaky...

Green-fingered

Pokemon Go, but for the environment. That's the idea behind a new app, Grow Kaha, dreamed up by two Queenstowners who want to change habits and fight back against climate change. And their idea is getting support from major players, from...

Bird poo blamed

Bird poo has been blamed for fluctuating levels of E.Coli in Lake Wakatipu. In a joint press release, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) and Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) said samples taken by ORC at Queenstown Bay late last year...

QLDC fined for sewage leak

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has been fined $24,225 for discharging wastewater from sewage pipes into Lake Wakatipu in 2017. Council contractor Veolia became aware that a developer had allegedly illegally connected to the QLDC's wastewater network in March 2017. Veolia...

Parker bites back at Collins

Environment Minister David Parker pooh-poohs National MP Judith Collins' promise to overhaul the Resource Management Act to reduce costs and speed up the planning process. "They had nine years and they didn't fix it." Collins, in Queenstown last week, also...
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...
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