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By PHILIP CHANDLER A legend in local real estate, skiing and golfing circles, Queenstowner Doug Brown, who died last week aged 92, is also being remembered as a gentleman and a great family man. He's survived by sons Nigel, Derek, Maurice...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A six-part $7 million crime drama shot in Queenstown over three months late last year premieres on TVNZ 1 next Monday. One Lane Bridge is produced by Great Southern Television, whose local boss and part-owner Philip Smith has...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A leading New Zealand business commentator has come up with an idea that could be of huge benefit to Queenstown's beleaguered tourism industry. It's assumed, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, that NZ's international borders will remain shut for...
Todd Barclay’s a former Queenstown resident and ex-Clutha Southland MP, who’s now living in Sydney working in business development, strategy and stakeholder engagement I remember reading articles of how the Covid-19 situation was unfolding in China, Italy and the UK...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite ‘sadness that his parish churches, like all others, are closed during this most important week in the Christian calendar, a Queenstown minister says his congregation's never been more connected. Anglican vicar Reverend Dr David Wright notes that...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With New Zealand's borders likely to remain closed for ages due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a veteran Queenstown hospo operator's in no doubt his sector - currently in lockdown - faces very tough times. "Without the international visitors,...
By HUGH COLLINS FOR one Queenstown teacher it's going to take a lot more than a national lockdown to prevent her from sharing her musical knowledge. Kinga Krupa, a classically-trained pianist and teacher with around 70 students each week, will be...
By PHILIP CHANDLER WHETHER related to the Covid-19-imposed human lockdown or not, a rare waterbird's turned up in Queenstown. Local Jane Taylor spotted a distinctive royal spoonbird (kotuku ngutupapa) on the wetlands at the south end of Lake Hayes last Sunday, photographing...
Imagine a tourist town with no tourists. Scary as it sounds, Queenstown's effectively facing that scenario right now - at least for the 70 per cent of our visitors who come from overseas - thanks to tough new control measures...
Fasten your seatbelts, Queenstown. We're in for a bumpy ride. It's now impossible to have a conversation with anyone that doesn't include 'coronavirus' ... a word I hadn't even heard of until about three months ago. This week the proverbial hit the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Kiwi cricketing legend Sir Richard Hadlee's putting his spin on the 'mind over matter' theme for Queenstown Chamber of Commerce's (COC) annual Banter' forum this Thursday. In the run-up to the event, at Gibbston's The Winehouse, Mountain Scene...
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