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Anchors aweigh

Construction of Queenstown's long-delayed $20 million Frankton marina has finally begun. Lakes Marina Projects (LMP) is creating 187 floating berths, 17 floating sheds, four other structures, a breakwater and a 156-space carpark. The development follows an agreement with landholder Queenstown's council. Mayor...
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...
Top scientists are floating a plan to tackle lake snot. The question now is will the cash-rich Otago Regional Council, responsible for preserving the region's lakes, chip in. A high-powered summit of about 20 freshwater scientists and managers met in Dunedin...
A group rescued from Lake Wakatipu yesterday have been described as "halfwits". Four people got into difficulty due to bad weather and windy conditions. Three capsized from their plastic yellow skiffs. One wasn't wearing a life-jacket. Wayne Perkins, co-owner of Million Dollar...

Down the gurgler

Water metering is on the horizon with Queenstown district properties using five bathtubs full more a day each than the national average. Results of a 17-month water meter trial by the resort's council show on average each connection used 1100 litres...
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