It’s the end of 2018, and we thought we’d take a look back at the most-read Mountain Scene online stories of the year.
Queenstowners were deeply affected by the death of local rafting legend Moana-Roa ‘Chief’ Haare in March. ‘Chief’, 62, collapsed and was unable to be resuscitated after his raft overturned on Shotover River.
The resort lost another local identity in August, with the death of video and TV pioneer Pete Townsend. Universally known as ‘P.T.’, the devoted husband and family man was also a successful accommodation operator in more recent years.
3. Baby bumped
News of PM Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy prompted employment advocate David Buckingham to go public in January with claims women being fired for getting pregnant was Queenstown’s “dirty little secret”.
Then newly-settled Queenstown billionaire Tim Roberts ruffled feathers in April by proposing to make up to 20 chopper flights a month to and from his rural pad. A hearing on the proposal in October was adjourned.
Controversial internet magnate and sometimes-DJ Kim Dotcom sat down in May for an exclusive chat with Mountain Scene about his new life in Queenstown with wife Liz.