All Black bete noires down the toilet


TWO betes noires of All Blacks supporters feature as porcelain busts in the men’s urinal in Queenstown’s newest bar, Cowboy. They’re of English referee Wayne Barnes, who arguably cost the ABs the 2007 World Cup quarter-final game against France – that pass was forward! Sacre bleu! – and Welsh rugby writer Stephen Jones, who’s constantly sniping about New Zealand rugby.

A QUOTE on Queenstown workers from Naylor Love local manager Justin Calder in a recently-published book on the building firm’s first 100 years: “Skiing is another problem. We always ask new guys if they’re snowboarders. They’re the worst because they disappear – if it’s a fine day, they’re probably not going to be at work on a Monday.”

HARBOURMASTER Marty Black notched up 25 years in his job last Wednesday. Five years ago for his 20th anniversary, Queenstown Lakes District Council shouted a party in his honour. But this time he reports: “I got a kiss from the mayor and that was it”.

THE newly-renovated boutique Matakauri Lodge hosted a high-society wedding last Saturday. General manager Jay Robertson married Claire Malcolm before 70 guests including Jay’s father Julian, a prominent American billionaire/philanthropist who arrived by private jet. Julian, who owns world-rated North Island golf resorts Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers, bought Matakauri last year.