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By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's finally go time for the SkyCity Stampede ice hockey team — but for the first time in its history, the team will be playing in an almost empty arena. Stampede manager Niel Frear says his team and the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won't put any potential timeframe on the opening of borders between New Zealand and Aussie, but says the highly-anticipated trans-Tasman bubble hasn't been delayed by recent presentations of Covid-19 in NZ. As of Thursday there...

Daily street art

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown artist's been turning heads by displaying a different oil painting from his collection outside his Speargrass Flat Road gallery each day. When the Covid-19 lockdown began, Thomas Brown (above) decided if passersby couldn't come into his...
In a town where one couldn't buy toilet paper for three weeks, the American people came to terms with their plight. Palm Springs is the darling hideaway of the Hollywood famous, and here I observed the world's most prolific consumers...
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 A QUEENSTOWN stem cell company's offering speeded-up testing for the Covid-19 virus spreading the world and locking down New Zealand, and other countries. Regen Cellular, through its network, claims it has access to hundreds of thousands of 15-minute...
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