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Challenges excite new boss

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism New Zealand’s former boss, who this week took the helm of Queenstown’s largest tourism company, appears undaunted by his sector’s struggles. Stephen England-Hall’s moved to the resort to run Wayfare Group — whose stable includes Queenstown’s Earnslaw...

Alpine chalet full of charm

By PHILIP CHANDLER Few Queenstown homes have the charm and character of one currently on the market in Kelvin Heights’ Balmoral Drive. It was built in the early ‘90s by Arrowtown-based architectural designer Erwin ‘Strauss’ Steck in the style of a...
One of the biggest behind-the-scenes stars in Queenstown’s film and TV industry since the ‘90s moved to Auckland last Thursday.  Annie Weston discusses her move with PHILIP CHANDLER, reflects on changes she’s seen and explains why the TV commercial...

Something brewing

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Arthurs Point's Point’s Canyon Brewing’s got new owners. The boutique brewery and restaurant above the Shotover River has been sold by Wayfare to Queenstown restaurateurs James Nicholson and his partners Jane, James and Jack Paterson. Canyon, which officially opened...

Introducing the Hacketts

By PHILIP CHANDLER & TRACEY ROXBURGH It's funny how things work out. More than 30 years after they first met, the world’s bungy king’s married a former Queenstowner in Glenorchy after the stars aligned. AJ Hackett and his new wife, Suzanne, nee...

He’s the bomb

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Bomber by name, the bomb by nature. NZSki ski patroller Brad Saville and his not-quite-two-year-old curly-coated retriever, Bomber, have just become Queenstown’s only operational avalanche search and rescue team. Saville, 39, took Bomber to the closed Mt Hutt skifield on...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Seems if you want your home or business premises to win an award, call an Arrowtown female architect. The only architectural practices to win more than one award for new projects at this year’s New Zealand Institute of...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...

Lauder’s Wayfare farewell

Queenstown's biggest tourism company needs a new boss. Wayfare Group chief executive Richard Lauder - one of the most enduring faces in southern tourism - has resigned, and will clear his desk in late May. The 56-year-old's been with Real Journeys,...
How brave is Queenstown teenager Ruby Andrews? The plucky 15-year-old freeskier last week cast aside crutches to finish fifth in the halfpipe at the Winter Youth Olympics in Switzerland. Two days earlier she'd overshot a jump while training for the slopestyle...
He's the chair extraordinaire. Tom Pryde's past or present chairman of more than a dozen community groups. As he prepares to retire from about 50 years' practising law, Philip Chandler tries to find out what makes him tick No one could retire and...
Cardrona Alpine Resort's about to more than double in size. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal a new partnership between Cardies and Queenstown businessman John Darby has been done. It will result in New Zealand's largest alpine resort, incorporating tourism giant Real...
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