Central Otago

By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby coaches support this season’s truncated schedule, but query why they didn’t get duck-shooting weekend off. The newly-released Central Otago draw features just one round, as against the traditional, home-and-away two-round format — apart...

Fostering talent

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A rare opportunity to launch a career in the arts sector, through paid apprenticeships, is  being offered by the Wakatipu Music Festival in partnership with the Three Lakes Cultural Trust. The festival, presented by the Hill family, was...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Kiwi OE's first two travellers have arrived in Queenstown. The new company, set up by Remarkable Labour bosses Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott, launched late last year, intending to help plug labour gaps in the resort’s workforce, and...

Lights, camera, more action

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's all go for two high-profile TV shoots in the Whakatipu. Great Southern Television’s second season of crime thriller One Lane Bridge started shooting in the Basin last week. Pictured on location at Glenorchy’s Dart River Bridge on Monday...

Huge shot in arm

By PHILIP CHANDLER As Queenstown’s tourism economy implodes, the resort’s about to hugely benefit from two TV shoots. Underway this week is New Zealand romantic comedy Under The Vines, while the second series of crime thriller One Lane Bridge starts next week. The...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Just over a year after switching from banking to business, Queenstowner Donna Harpur-Swain’s become ABC Business Sale’s new Central Otago business partner. Harpur-Swain made the move from ASB, where she’d been for 25 years — most recently as...
By GUY WILLIAMS A social enterprise born out of the Covid lockdown made its first charitable donation last Wednesday. Less than two months after it launched, Kiwi Welcome distributed $250 to the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. Founder Sam Brough hopes it’s the first...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's been a three-year ‘‘labour of love’’ but the doors to a new addition in an historic part of Arrowtown finally opened last week. Developers Scott Stevens and John Guthrie started physical work on a new development behind...

Windies bump kid triathletes

By PHILIP CHANDLER A huge Central Otago primary school triathlon’s been bumped from Queenstown Events Centre to accommodate the Windies cricket side. The council-owned centre was booked by triathlon organisers about 14 months ago, but they got the squeeze after the...
One of Queenstown’s biggest corporate hotshots says his biggest annoyance is people assuming he moved here to retire. Roger Sharp talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why he moved to the resort, how Covid-19’s caused him to be very busy...

Wine pro’s bar lifted

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown wine consultant and educator Candice Chow’s received a prestigious learning opportunity. Each year, The Family of Twelve — comprising 12 top-flight New Zealand wineries — chooses 12 wine professionals to undergo a wine tutorial in which they...

Hockey to get Q’town home

By MATTHEW MCKEW A new dawn for hockey’s on its way with outline plans for an artificial pitch at the Queenstown Events Centre. Hockey players in the Wakatipu currently travel to Cromwell to play matches and make do with two tennis...
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