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Former Queenstown tourism leader John MacDonald’s been a prominent councillor for the past four-and-a-half years, and a staunch advocate for better local health services. After announcing his resignation so he can cope better with his Parkinson’s condition, he talks...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstowner George Shaw only took up golf five months ago, but has already achieved what every player dreams of. The hallowed hole-in-one. The 74-year-old Kelvin Heights resident tells Mountain Scene he picked up the clubs last year, at the...

Doors thrown open

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Exclusive access is being granted to some of the Whakatipu’s most impressive and interesting homes this coming Sunday, fundraising for Shotover Primary School. Organiser Jane Hamilton says the Shotover Primary Friends of the School’s house tour is no ‘‘cookie-cutter’’...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown-based national charity’s donated these wheels — a brand-new Kia Sportage — to help the Cancer Society’s Central Otago team support people affected by cancer. From left, Hugo Charitable Trust chairman Mark Owens and trust donations officer...
After a successful business career in Queenstown, specialising in HR, Maryann Geddes is shifting to Christchurch next month. She tells PHILIP CHANDLER what’s behind the move, recounts her climbing exploits and reveals a special local connection she’ll be retaining For...

Kiwi park’s wild ride

By PHILIP CHANDLER As it ticked over 35 years last week, Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park shared a lot in common with the endangered species it supports — both are in the business of survival. In 2019, with visitor numbers totalling 55,000-odd,...

This one’s for you, Merv

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It starts with a kiss. By the end of it, the motliest-looking corps de ballet you’ll ever likely see should count themselves lucky not to have pulled a hammy, or worse. The Remarkables Men’s Ballet troupe is back on...
By GUY WILLIAMS Former Arrowtown councillor Lex Perkins, who died at the weekend after a battle with cancer, was the first to put his hand up for community causes, former Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden says. Van Uden says Lex brought...

‘Grossly unfair’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown joinery company’s fighting an Immigration New Zealand (INZ) decision to exile a highly-valued employee, who’s also an elite athlete, on health grounds. UK-born Clint Williams has worked for Formatt Bespoke Joinery Co, where he’s workshop manager,...

T’s marathon effort for Kate

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstowner Teaukura ‘T’ Moetaua reckons if you’d told him two years ago he’d walk 10km he’d have assumed you’d been ‘‘drinking something serious’’. Yet last Saturday he did it for his late wife, Kate, his daughters Anika, Aya...

Clint’s big strides

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's defied cancer to notch up an impressive sporting record. Clint Williams, 34, has already endured two brain surgeries for cancerous tumours. However, between times he’s run marathons and half marathons — he’s running the half marathon version...

Flowering square

By GUY WILLIAMS Lake Hayes Estate’s Nerin Square could turn yellow each spring if a bold fundraising plan wins public support. The Queenstown suburb’s community association is hoping to crowdfund $32,000, half of which would pay for thousands of daffodil bulbs,...
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