Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Crown Range Road to remain closed for a second night

The Crown Range Road between Queenstown and Wanaka will remain closed overnight tonight (Thursday, 22 February) and into tomorrow morning due to the continuing danger posed by a boulder on the Queenstown side made unstable by yesterday’s heavy rain.

Residents of Crown Terrace still have access as far as Eastbourne Road. Residents of Cardrona and visitors still have access from Wanaka as far as Cardrona township.

Anyone wishing to travel between Queenstown and Wanaka should take State Highway 6 via Cromwell and allow more time for their journey due to ongoing roadworks in the Kawarau Gorge.

Andrew Edgar, Senior Engineer – Property and Infrastructure at Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), said a helicopter sluicing operation today did not move the rock but did confirm its potential danger.

“This boulder is sitting on a ‘house of cards’. Not only does it look like it could move at any time but it’s also highly likely to come down if any of the rocks below it move. Given its size, shape and the angle it’s perched on it could easily roll down onto the road with enough force to crush a car,” said Mr Edgar.

“To finish the job and make the road safe, we have arranged for a rock explosive expert and rope access professional to set charges tomorrow morning that will dislodge the boulder and break it up.”

Once the rock is moved, debris will be removed from the road allowing it to be reopened.

Council contractors closed the road yesterday afternoon at the junction of Crown Range Road and State Highway 6 near Arrowtown (the bottom of the switchbacks leading up to Crown Terrace), and also at Cardrona township south of Wanaka.

An update is expected around midday tomorrow (Friday, 23 February) with a possible reopening time. Further updates will be posted on the QLDC website and Facebook page.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Spying On Politicians, Activists, Iwi, Quake Victims: "Failings Across Public Service"

A State Services Commission investigation into the use of external security consultants by government agencies has uncovered failings across the public service, including breaches of the code of conduct...

However, the inquiry found no evidence of widespread inappropriate surveillance by external security consultants on behalf of government agencies. More>>


Dope News: Binding Cannabis Referendum To Be Held At 2020 Election

The referendum on cannabis for personal use is part of Labour's confidence and supply agreement with the Greens. It could be one of potentially three referenda - decisions have yet to be made about euthanasia and changes to electoral laws. More>>


Vic: Victoria University Name Change Rejected

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has declined Victoria University of Wellington Council’s application for a legal name change. More>>


PM's Post-Cab 17/12/18: Chief Justice, M Bovis

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's final post-cabinet press conference of the year focussed on announcing the appointment of Helen Winkelmann as the next Chief Justice, and an update on effort to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand. More>>


Law Commission Issues Paper: Use Of DNA In Criminal Investigations

In the 22 years since the Act came into force, it has become clear that the modern-day fingerprint analogy is increasingly inapt... Theoretically, whole genome sequencing could ultimately become the standard method of analysing a DNA sample. Such a development will give a new perspective on the concept of genetic surveillance in the criminal context. More>>

State Highways: $1.4 Billion For Road Safety Improvements

The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kilometres of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening. More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>





InfoPages News Channels