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By PHILIP CHANDLER People perhaps do a double-take when they find Queenstown’s Frankton Legal also sells real estate. The practice, however, has been lawful in New Zealand since 2006, and indeed the law firm claims it’s saving its real estate vendors...
By MARK PRICE and TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Britain’s most prolific comedy writers is fizzing to get back to the land of the long white cloud. Speaking to Mountain Scene from Australia before his New Zealand tour, which started in in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A remarkable 100-year-old Northland-based war veteran’s revisiting Queenstown not only to attend Sunday’s Anzac Day dawn service but to present a special gift. Ray Dunn, who served as a Wing Commander with the Royal Australian Air Force during...

Rocker’s doco

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown bar named after American rock star Jim Morrison is to feature in a TV doco on his life. Morrison’s Irish Bar was the setting this week for a Skype interview from London with local-based clinical psychologist...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu High school’s taking a politically-correct approach to its next musical. A student cast and crew of about 90 is staging the popular 1971 musical, Grease, about a high school romance set in ’50s America, next week. Three months...
Queenstown’s cultural scene only improved when world-leading Celtic harpist Kate Targett-Adams settled here last year. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to her about why she decided to move here, how she got into playing the harp and the many other strings...
Queenstowners of a certain age will recall the late Pat Farry’s career as a pioneering rural GP.  But, as PHILIP CHANDLER discovers, his son Ben’s also forged an amazing career — in the world of drama. He explains why...
By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand's most promising young pianist performs at Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s Lodge at The Hills this coming Tuesday. Sylvia Jiang, 24, will be playing a fully-restored 1897 Steinway Concert Grand, with all proceeds going towards furthering her...

School hits all the right notes

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Primary’s trialling a music-teaching programme that could be rolled out in schools nationwide. The programme, called Play.music, is aimed at reversing the decline of music learning in schools, and is an adaptation of Britain’s user-friendly Charanga programme. At Queenstown...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time columnist for Britain's prestigious Financial Times suggests northern hemisphere tech firms, and the like, relocate to New Zealand, and particularly Queenstown, assuming this country becomes a Covid-19 "safe haven". "The country should use the pandemic to...
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