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?
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!
A provocative question perhaps but one that many people in Wanaka and, I suspect around the region, are discussing. That Wanaka and Queenstown are growing at a rapid rate is undeniable. The speed of growth and the lack of a coherent plan to manage that growth and ensure that it doesn’t overwhelm or destroy the … Continue reading Growth v. Community?
“Overtourism” is an issue that confronts the present and future towns of Wanaka and Queenstown. We (those who live here and travel) are part of the problem in so far as we are happy to fly out of Queenstown and use it as a departure point for our overseas trips. We also benefit one way … Continue reading “Overtourism”
WANAKA AND UPPER CLUTHA STORMWATER MANAGEMENT – PLANNING FOR FUTURE GROWTH, SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 5/2/18 State of play: Water New Zealand is holding a conference on Stormwater in Queenstown in May 2018: http://stormwaterconference.org.nz/ “The conference theme of Wai Ora – Rising to the Challenge provides the platform to introduce, explore, address and challenge … Continue reading Wanaka and Upper Clutha stormwater management
Since moving to Wanaka last year, we’ve spent time getting to know our neighbours, getting involved in local community groups and activities and attending meetings called to discuss local issues. We see Wanaka as our home for the next 20 plus years (hopefully!) and so we have a vested interest in its future. We are … Continue reading The Future of Wanaka