This week in Mountain Scene history


1975 Middle distance runner Rod Dixon and weightlifter Precious McKenzie are guest stars at a “sportsman’s dinner” at Queenstown’s Trans Resort Hotel. Tickets are $7.50. 

1985 Visiting National opposition tourism spokesperson John Banks pushes the need for “a much faster track approach” on tourism developments. 

1995 Police issue a terrorism alert ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Millbrook. Hotels, motels and transport operators are warned to watch for French and other foreign speakers. The danger age group is 18-35 and suspects will be “cool, indifferent or even arrogant”. Sophisticated guests should also be watched, long overseas phone calls may be a giveaway, and people with lots of cash but no credit cards could also be dodgy. 

2001 Approval for a 400-section subdivision – Lake Hayes Estate – has rural-residential neighbours fuming. The carve-up was approved without consultation in the dying days of a pro-development council led by mayor Warren Cooper. Developers are Dunedin millionaire Howard Paterson, who has since passed away, and Arthur Barnett store boss Mike Coburn.

2005 Once again, local film star Sam Neill goes into bat for the Wakatipu countryside. Neill and several of his Dalefield neighbours recently won their Environment Court case against a proposed 98-lot development by farmer and former car dealer Mel Fordyce. Fordyce says he’ll sell his 103-hectare patch in frustration.