1975 A land sale to a foreigner sparks controversy, with the Government contesting the proposed purchase of Cecil Peak Station on Lake Wakatipu by US millionaire Girard Henderson, who travelled throughout the country in his private jet.
1985 Departing GP John Clark damns what he calls Queenstown’s “Sin City of the South” syndrome. In seven years here, he says he saw more cases of venereal disease in a week than in a month in Auckland. Clark’s also concerned about the local drug problem, citing increased use of magic mushrooms and a schoolboy’s arrest for possessing cannabis.
1995 Queenstown Airport pays $1.3 million for Frankton farmland by the Shotover River to extend its short 1458-metre runway.
2001 Public loos at Sunshine Bay and One Mile feature on a US gay-sex website profiling pick-up points in New Zealand.
2005 Former GP Adam Nuttall is banned by NZ’s Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal after seven years of illicit patient-doctor sexual misconduct. The complainant first saw Nuttall in 1991 as her family doctor – her marriage was in strife and Nuttall had 61 counselling sessions with her over three years. These progressed from “fooling around” in his surgery to “touching, kissing and having oral sex”, a newly-released Disciplinary Tribunal report says. After the complainant and her husband split in 1994, she and Nuttall had intercourse in his surgery in 1995. Nuttall kept his affair with the patient secret until 2000, when he left his wife Dr Lorna Archer and their children. In 2001, Nuttall left his Frankton practice to live overseas with the complainant and her children, continuing to treat them as patients until November that year. For reasons unknown, the complainant returned to NZ in late-2003, only to discover in 2004 that another woman was having a relationship with Nuttall. The scorned woman then laid a complaint with health authorities and Nuttall’s seedy past came to light.