Marc Schallenberg

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...
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...
Queenstown Lakes mayor Jim Boult has welcomed the regional council's renewed focus on the district. The Otago Regional Council announced yesterday it was considering spending an extra $600,000 on public transport in the Wakatipu. It was also considering re-establishing an office...

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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