Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes spend-up

After years of inaction, Otago Regional Council is addressing water quality problems in Queenstown's scenic Lake Hayes. In recent times the lake's colour, clarity and trout population have been affected by algae bloom caused by high nutrient levels. Early this year,...
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...

Lake Hayes E.coli anger

A Queenstown mum is accusing Otago Regional Council of negligence for failing to put up signs warning E.coli had been detected in Lake Hayes. Cath Hudson is furious ORC didn't warn locals earlier. Samples taken on December 11 revealed high levels...

Graze becomes The Hayes

New owners of a suburban bistro are not just business partners but also neighbours and best buds. Hubby and wife duo Brad and Jackie Rule have teamed up with Erica and Mark Latham to buy The Hayes, formerly Graze, in...
Celebrated Queenstown artist and author Da'Vella Gore has battled the odds to publish yet another adventure-packed book about her life. She launches This Blessed Artist at her stunning Lake Hayes property today. What she calls "an autobiography of my life as...
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...

Water quality warning shot

Queenstown Lakes’ new mayor has fired a water-quality warning shot across the Otago Regional Council’s bow. Jim Boult, who was elected last month and owns a home overlooking Lake Hayes, has formally written to the regional council over its "lack...
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