This week in Mountain Scene history


1976 The now late Sir Howard Morrison entertains a large New Year crowd in a solo performance without his quartet at Frankton’s Vacation Hotel. 

1986 Duncan Smith, then-assistant manager of The Remarkables skifield, plugs newly-launched summer chairlift rides to a lookout high above the Wakatipu. The scenery was spectacular but the summer experiment didn’t take off. 

1996 Queenstown’s new crime cameras were “a hell of an asset” for New Year’s Eve policing, police chief Peter Collins says. The expensive cameras were bankrolled by the business community but eventually fell into disrepair and disuse because of the lack of maintenance funding from Police National Headquarters.

2002 Kiwi golf star and resident Queenstowner Greg Turner, pictured with wife Janey and their two young sons, has some R&R before his impending big test. Turner will take on Tiger Woods in the New Zealand Open, which he describes as “like going to the dentist – a necessity rather than a pleasure”. 

2006 A pregnant mum curses Southland District Health Board for a “600 kilometre goose chase”. Kinloch’s Toni Glover drove almost four hours to Invercargill’s Southland Hospital for a critical prearranged test – only to be told the hospital couldn’t take her for another fortnight.