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.