This week in Mountain Scene history


1976 New Zealand Railways promotes its Kingston Flyer vintage steam train in Mountain Scene with a classy art deco advertisement (far right). 

1986 Skyline appoints a new manager for its restaurant and gondola complex – he’s Simon Hayes, 33, formerly secretary-manager of the Rangiora Town & Country Club. Hayes subsequently enters real estate – and local politics, becoming deputy-mayor. 

1996 Queenstowners Anne Dill and Wayne McKeague are locked in a selection struggle to become the Act party candidate for Otago in this year’s election. Both have local council ties – Dill is the wife of then-council boss Keith Grantham and McKeague was an unsuccessful candidate for Queenstown’s 1995 mayoralty. 

2002 Local artist Ivan Clarke opens his purpose-built gallery on Mal­aghans Road. The gallery features a high stud to hang Clarke’s larger works. His art is particularly be­­­­­coming noticed in the United States.

2006 Queenstown jetboat companies Shotover Jet and Kawarau Jet are under the Maritime New Zealand microscope. Kawarau Jet reported a non-injury accident when one of its craft “clipped” a private jetboat at speed. Meanwhile, troubled Shotover Jet is already being investigated for persistent fuel problems and a subsequent fire which sank one of its vessels.