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PEOPLE might think the town’s big developers and businessmen are throwing their weight around on the airport issue, with their Queenstown Community Strategic Assets Group. However, speaking on the issue to the Chamber of Commerce, spokesman John Martin told members: “I’m just over five foot and 65 kilos to be afraid of.”

SPEAKING of Auckland International Airport’s buy-in to Queenstown Airport, a punter at the Arrowtown v Wakatipu rugby semi-final at the Events Centre was watching a stream of planes land and take off at the nearby airport. He observed: “So Arrowtown are playing towards the Auckland end.”

THE matriarch of a prominent local skiing family, Betty Brown, has her own ski season snow indicator: “When you get condensation out of your breath, it’s snowing at Coronet Peak.”

JUST returned from the World Cup in South Africa is local soccer fan, Mercure reservations manager Richard Culpan. He watched four of the games including the final and the Spain versus Germany semi-final.

JACKIE Davies, part of a prominent local business family whose interests include NZSki, celebrated her 40th birthday this week in Turkey.