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By PHILIP CHANDLER Alexandra's Alana Kairaoi and Invercargill’s Mitchell Kempton are pictured after winning the women’s and men’s titles at the annual Queenstown Squash Open recently. In a sold-out field of 82, Kairaoi, ranked 20th amongst New Zealand’s female players, was...

Run every mountain

By PHILIP CHANDLER Someon carrying good form into the 50km race held as part of tomorrow's Northburn 100 mountain run, near Cromwell, is Queenstowner Maureen Stachowicz. The 27-year-old Frenchwoman, who loves nothing better than running in the mountains, won the women’s...

Relieving biz stress

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Canterburgy-based HR consultancy firm’s using its experience post-earthquakes to help Queenstown businesses struggling under the weight of Covid-19-induced pressure. Brannigans opened the doors to its new Queenstown office, at Mountain Club’s Beach Street co-working space, last week,...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A Queenstowner's poised to launch the first Otago-based mobile beer canning service. Canadian-born local Wesley McAllister’s launching Loose Moose Canning Co, a subsidiary of his beer and wine company Crimson Badger Brewing, which is based in Glenda Drive. McAllister...

‘Bitter pill’ for Robinson

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown ski racer Alice Robinson’s gutted after two ‘did not finish’ esults at the FIS World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France. Robinson’s coach, Cantabrian Chris Knight, got a course set for the race — the first time...

NZ gets course set for Alice

By TRACEY ROXBURGH New Zealand’s been chosen to set the course for a FIS World Cup giant slalom alpine ski race for the first time, thanks to Queenstowner Alice Robinson’s results over the past year. Robinson’s Cantabrian coach Chris Knight will...

Firey’s March climb

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown firefighter who’s participated in firefighters’ stair climbs around the world is starting one in his backyard. Frankton station officer Jamie Harris is hosting a Queenstown Hill climb, ‘March March’, on March 27. It’s aimed at firefighters and...

Wild way to end the season

By MATTHEW MCKEW A bronze medal was the ice-ing on the cake for the newly-formed Wakatipu Wild women’s ice hockey team at the weekend. It was a gruelling schedule of matches for the Queenstown-based franchise as they took on Auckland, Dunedin...

Two resort runners run riot

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's home to New Zealand’s top female and male trail runners following last weekend’s Crater Rim Ultra in Canterbury. Nancy Jiang, 29, took the NZ Trail Running Championship women’s title, completing the 53km course from Diamond Harbour in...

New hockey side on debut

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's ice hockey obsession is growing and this weekend will see the launch of a new franchise to compete in the New Zealand Women’s Ice Hockey League. Wakatipu Wild will travel to Dunedin Ice Arena for their first ever...

Heliski veteran not sloping off

Probably no one in New Zealand, or even the world, has heliski-guided more vertical metres than Russell Carr. The Queenstowner talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about the buzz of heliskiing, what’s changed over 40 years and how he fits his...
It’s terrible to think that New Zealand’s colourful native kea, one of the world’s most intelligent birds, is on the endangered list.  Someone doing their level best to change that is Tamsin Orr-Walker, who talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...
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