Queenstown newspaperman dies


Former Mountain Scene publisher Frank Marvin passed away last Friday after losing his battle with cancer.

Marvin, 69, joined the newspaper soon after arriving in Queenstown in 1982, following a stellar London-based career in book publishing.

Starting in the sales department, he quickly rose to become general manager.

Marvin and founding chairman Barry Thomas took ownership of the company in 1987, Frank holding his shareholding till he sold to Thomas in 2007.

Under Marvin’s stewardship, the paper became nationally known as a lively, award-winning and profitable publication.

In recent years, he was a part-time Scene journalist, continually holding public bodies like the health board and local council to account.

Just this year, he won the at the prestigious Canon Media Awards, and on the same night won the NZ Community Newspapers’ best senior journalist award.

Frank is survived by his wife Michiko and children Rod, Brent, Glenn, Laura and Francesca.

His funeral service will be held at the Queenstown Memorial Centre this Friday at 11.30am.

For more, read this Thursday’s Mountain Scene.