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More Aussie ski flights


After record skier/snowboarder numbers in Queenstown this winter, Air New Zealand expects to fly even more Aussies over next year.

The national carrier is laying on three extra weekly trans-Tasman flights next winter, up 30 per cent on the 10 per week this year from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

At this stage, Qantas is maintaining its winter schedule of five weekly trans-Tasman flights.

Arrowtowner in World Cup


Arrowtown-raised soccer star Tane Gent, 16, is preparing to play for NZ’s Young All Whites in the under-17 World Cup in Nigeria.

The team kicks off its campaign against Costa Rica on Monday – the game’s live on Sky at 7am. Matches follow against Burkina Faso and Turkey next Thursday and Sunday.

Gent, whose parents Sam and Dave live in Arrowtown, has been schooling in Christchurch and Auckland since the start of last year.

Newswoman on stand

Queenstown-based TV One news reporter Tsehai Tiffin was summoned as a witness by sacked climate scientist Jim Salinger at a high-profile employment hearing in Auckland this week.

Salinger is seeking compensation via the Employment Relations Authority after claiming unjustified dismissal by his former employer, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

He was fired in April for allegedly ignoring a NIWA policy against speaking publicly without prior approval, including participating in a TV One item compiled by Tiffin in March about the shrinking of NZ’s glaciers.

“I was basically called to give evidence about the circumstances under which we had done the story,” Tiffin says.