Alexandra

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Chamber of Commerce’s new chair — one of the first ever from the construction sector — promises she’ll keep hammering away on the resort’s labour-shortage issue. Angela Spackman was selected for the role this week after Craig...

An up & down season

By PHILIP CHANDLER Frustratingly for their supporters, the Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby sides have yo-yoed between wins and losses over their first four games this season. Arrowtown, who beat Alexandra 49-17 at home last weekend, will want to break that...

On a high at 65

By MARK PRICE Covid-19 concerns are likely to put paid to Central Otago-Wakatipu Cycling Club member Brett Strachan’s chances of competing against the world's best 65-to-69-year-olds. Queenstowner Strachan, 65, recently took out the 60.8km road race age group title at the New...
By PHILIP CHANDLER After another thrilling ‘Battle of the Basin’, Arrowtown tomorrow at last score a home game while Wakatipu Premiers undertake the Central Otago rugby comp’s longest bus ride. Playing on their home ground last weekend, Wakatipu triumphed 18-10 over...

‘Definitely capable’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu Premiers kicked off their rugby season with a pleasing away win against Alexandra last weekend but face a stern test tomorrow. They’re at home to last season’s Central Otago champs, Cromwell Goats, who showed they’re again a...
By GUY WILLIAMS The Department of Conservation’s (DoC) head honcho in the Whakatipu for the past five years has departed for a new role within the organisation. Southern South Island operations director Aaron Fleming tells Mountain Scene Geoff Owen’s last day...

Going for it

By GUY WILLIAMS A band of talented youngsters who live with Tourette Syndrome are the headline act at a unique concert in Arrowtown tomorrow afternoon. The free ‘Neuro-Cool Music Concert’ at Arrowtown’s Athenaeum Hall features The Lunatics, a five-piece group of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Alexandra's Alana Kairaoi and Invercargill’s Mitchell Kempton are pictured after winning the women’s and men’s titles at the annual Queenstown Squash Open recently. In a sold-out field of 82, Kairaoi, ranked 20th amongst New Zealand’s female players, was...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Just over a year after switching from banking to business, Queenstowner Donna Harpur-Swain’s become ABC Business Sale’s new Central Otago business partner. Harpur-Swain made the move from ASB, where she’d been for 25 years — most recently as...

Getting a fix for nix

By TRACEY ROXBURGH If it’s broke, fix it — or find someone who can. Tomorrow the Repair Revolution’s popping up at the Queenstown Events Centre, aiming to help people get more life out of their belongings and divert good things from...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Writers Festival organisers have made an arresting choice of MC to interview two top New Zealand crime novelists tomorrow. They’ve chosen former local-based top cop Phil Jones, no stranger to murder investigations, who’s now living back in...

Banishing plastics

By MATTHEW MCKEW A postponed wedding’s been the launchpad for a Queenstown company aimed at banishing plastic waste from grocery shopping. Lauren Redmond resigned from Jack’s Point Clubhouse a day before lockdown, intending to focus more on freelancing in the events sector. But...
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