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13/02/2016

Mayor's mobile is hands-free

No need for phone: Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden

A Chinese mobile phone given to Queenstown's mayor is still in its box. But Vanessa van Uden says it's not because of official advice over potential spying. The mayor's hospitality and gift »»

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Bell rings for Thriller contestants

Bell rings for Thriller contestants

Put up your dukes — applications for Thriller in the Chiller 2016 are now open. Organiser Simon Green has already set the date for the seventh »»

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Parting Shot: Change is in the air

Parting Shot: Change is in the air

Last week, Mountain Scene moved offices. Our 30-year veteran Scoop is now safely ensconced in his third Scene site. Notably it's his first at ground »»

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Queenstown Business

100% pure tourism crisis

100% pure tourism crisis

Large tourist groups are snubbing New Zealand because of a Queenstown hotel shortage. The boss of an inbound tour company reveals »»

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Queenstown Local Life

Rutting deers oust bikers

Rutting deers oust bikers

Horny stags have changed the route of the South Island's biggest cycle event - but another will run in its place. »»

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Queenstown Crime

Air bags crash driver banned

Air bags crash driver banned

A French woman who continued to drive after air bags deployed in a crash near Arrowtown last month has been banned from driving »»

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Bike rider pumped up

Bike rider pumped up

A downhill mountain biker shrugged off a flat tyre to pump up his chances of a junior national title. Queenstowner Sam Robbie, »»

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Smith eyes next spiral pass - on a bungy

Smith eyes next spiral pass - on a bungy

All Black star Aaron Smith is jumping at the chance to come to Queenstown next week - and not just to play rugby. Smith and »»

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Coming Up EventsMovies

Quintet's instruments do the talking

Quintet's instruments do the talking

Trumpet player and songwriter Finn Scholes harked back to his childhood to hatch a name for his five-piece band. The Carnivorous »»

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Country boy goes unplugged

Cam Scott’s latest single is Prayin’ Rain, but he’ll be hoping for good weather ahead of his outdoor Queenstown gig.In true farmer fashion he’s going to jump on the »»

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Considering Airbnb-ing the kids' rooms?
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Crikey it's hot out there! Fish is a great alternative to meat, and this sushi-themed salad is a perfect dish for these searing hot evenings. It can make an impressive starter to a dinner party or be served as a main if bulked up with a ... »»