Bill English

Freedom costs campers $440,000

Almost 60 per cent of freedom camping fines issued in the Queenstown Lakes district in the past financial year have been paid. Queenstown council's regulatory boss Lee Webster told the Otago Daily Times a total of 3701 infringement notices had...
The National Party says it will take a tougher stand on freedom campers if it is re-elected next month. In Queenstown on Saturday, Prime Minister Bill English said that would include banning vehicles without toilets from parking any more than...
New Zealand's most chased politician is walking into the lion's den. Disgraced Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay tells Mountain Scene he's heading back to Parliament. "Contrary to recent speculation, I will be returning to Wellington," he confirms by email. He'll head to the...
OPINION: Bill English has finally answered questions we've been asking him for months. In April, I sent a series of questions to the Prime Minister's office about allegations Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay had recorded his electorate staff. One was: "Did Mr...
A Dunedin law expert says it will be tough for police to prove MP Todd Barclay acted illegally in making secret recordings. University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis made the comments after police announced they were reopening the investigation...
Prime Minister Bill English has revealed that Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay offered to play him the tape of his electorate agent's conversations last year. English says he didn't take up the offer. English made the admissions at a press conference in...

Spies jet in for meeting

Top US spies flew into Queenstown yesterday for what might be history's most unsecret ''top secret'' meeting. The Otago Daily Times snapped FBI director James Comey emerging from a Gulfstream G550 jet - which had flown directly to Queenstown from...
The National Party in Clutha-Southland was bitterly divided by fallout from a police investigation into electorate MP Todd Barclay. A police file released for the first time has revealed the efforts of police to speak to the MP, and the...

Mountain summit

Expect Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to meet Kiwi counterpart Bill English in Queenstown late next week. According to informed sources, the pair's pow-wow will take place next Thursday and Friday, though it'll likely be officially confirmed only days beforehand. Media...
OPINION: My straw poll is mixed. Former mayor Warren Cooper reckons Queenstown isn't as busy as he expected this summer. (It's alright, Warren, Chinese New Year's almost here.) Meanwhile, one of our Dunedin wizards, Wayne, who helps put together the Scene, couldn't...
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