Locals top new awards



QUEENSTOWNERS Kaye Parker and Jessica Winchcombe have been recognised as outstanding hosts in Airbnb’s inaugural New Zealand Host Awards.

Parker, Queenstown’s fundraising queen, won the community contribution award for her efforts in the Queenstown Host Club, and for her work launching the Wakatipu Greatest
Needs Fund last year, which raised more than $1 million to support front-line charities supporting those worst-affected by the fallout from Covid.

Contemporary jeweller Winchcombe’s won the ‘most magical experience’ title for her Studio 42 three-hour jewellery class, in which participants design and create a piece of silver jewellery from scratch.

Parker says she’s ‘‘awfully touched’’ to have been recognised.

‘‘So many people do so many amazing things in Queenstown, Wānaka and the Otago  district.

‘‘I haven’t figured out how this all came about — I still haven’t tracked down the people who put me forward.’’

Winchcombe doesn’t know who put her forward, either, but says winning is ‘‘lovely’’ and ‘‘exciting’’.

‘‘It’s a really nice pat on the back for all the work I’ve done to develop my workshop.’’