A taste of traditional NZ

Creating hangi pies from meats pit-cooked the traditional Maori way is the novel concept of Daron Haddon and Andrea McIvor.
The Queenstown couple, who split their time between the resort and coastal Otago, receive weekly standing orders for fillings for 300 beef, pork or lamb hangi pies made at the Arrowtown Bakery.

Many are distributed to local workplace canteens.

McIvor says the pie idea came after their four-year-old business, Unique Hangi Catering Services, suffered a drop-off in sales of dearer meat trays – their pies retail for $4.50-$5.

She’s now sourcing distribution outlets throughout the country and has also had interest from New Zealand shops selling Kiwi products in London.

Walks award

Coach tour company Australian Pacific Touring has named Queenstown’s Guided Nature Walks its New Zealand operator of the year as voted by clients, staff and managers.

Couple Karyn and Peter Hitchman have operated the company for two summers and this winter introduced snowshoeing.

Going under wins gong

A development proposal for 17 homesites within the folds of The Hills golf course and surrounds near Arrowtown has won a “significant project” award for its planning team.

A feature of the development will be undergrounding much of the structures to minimise visual effects.

Local planners Brown and Pemberton and Anderson Lloyd Lawyers – employed by developers Michael Hill of jewellery fame and his wife Christine – triumphed over eight other nominations during the annual Resource Management Law Association awards presented in Wellington last Saturday.

Flightseeing merger
Queenstown-based Milford Sound flightseeing companies Totally Tourism and Real Journeys have combined their flight operations and engineering businesses in a 50-50 joint venture called Milford Sound Flights.

It’s in response both to a possible Department of Conservation policy to restrict landings at Milford Sound and to economic conditions.

Both companies will still offer their separate brands – Totally Tourism’s Air Fiordland and Milford Sound Scenic Flights, along with Real Journeys’ Milford Sound Flightseeing.

Sustainable fuel teach-in

Local tourism operators using high fuel volumes are invited to a free Queenstown workshop to discuss collective conversion to sustainable biodiesel blends.

The workshop, at Copthorne Hotel next Thursday from 9am, is organised by Otago Polytechnic’s Centre for Sustainable Practice and has the support of both Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee and local mayor Clive Geddes.