Changing Face of Lake Wanaka

A stand of trees makes way for a watersports facility on the edge of Lake Wanaka's famous Roy's Bay. The question we should be asking ourselves - is this the thin end of the wedge. Watersports facility today - five star hotels tomorrow? An inevitable sign of what's to come perhaps, sadly. The projected growth … Continue reading Changing Face of Lake Wanaka


Wouldn’t it be great to have a commercial airport in Wanaka! Fancy flying direct to Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington – maybe even Australia. No more driving over the Crown Range, dodging through the Frankton traffic, hustling with the Queenstown parking and airport crowds. Sounds brilliant doesn’t it. So handy and convenient. And grown-up! Our very own … Continue reading WANAKA AIRPORT – FLIGHTS OF FANCY?

Protect Wanaka’s Water!

Water, water, everywhere – how long before it stinks? (with apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge) We are blessed with water in the Upper Clutha – Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the mighty Clutha and its subsidiaries, the Hawea and Cardrona rivers. And beneath us lies the Wanaka Basin-Cardrona gravel aquifer, a reservoir for farming, rural communities … Continue reading Protect Wanaka’s Water!

Rainwater capture and recycling system in Germany.

On a recent overseas trip, I visited my cousin who lives in Germany. They live in a pretty village, part of a group of villages that come under the same local authority east of Frankfurt. I asked what they do about storm water. They explained that under local authority regulations, every house has to have … Continue reading Rainwater capture and recycling system in Germany.