Central Otago

Couple’s venture sure to rise

By MATTHEW MCKEW Covid's left a sour taste in the mouths of many, but for the European Bakery, lockdown whetted the appetite for expansion. Loved by many for their range of sourdoughs, the husband-and-wife-owned bakery opened their first shop in Frankton...

Bike club gains white knight

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s about to put its foot down — and it’s got some serious firepower behind it. New Zealand tech entrepreneur and Xero co-founder Rod Drury says he decided a while ago to get back into...
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 PHILIP CHANDLER After 173 games for the Wakatipu Rugby Club, popular club captain Jeremy ‘Mushy’ Drake will hang up his boots after the Wanderers’ season finishes this Saturday. His Southland first division side, who’ve yet to win this year, play...

‘Let foreigners buy’

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstowners should be able to sell to whoever they ‘‘damn well please’’ — including foreigners. That’s according to ACT leader and MP David Seymour, who was in the resort on Wednesday ahead of September’s election. ACT’s Southland candidate Basil Waker...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Due to the the economic situation, a Queenstown gallery space has been reclaimed for further exhibitions, starting this week. Since June last year, Five Mile's developer has let artist Marc Blake use large vacant ground-floor space in Craigs...
By HUGH COLLINS A Queenstown lawyer's establishing a golfing society as a way of supporting regional clubs in the Covid-19 era. The Wombles, founded by Steve Brent, draws inspiration from the '80s TV show of the same name, and aims to...
Dear Kelvin, I know you're busy and all, but I just had one quick question for you. Where, exactly, have you been? Or, perhaps, more to the point, as Minister of Tourism, what - aside from tasking Tourism New Zealand to come...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A $3 million-plus Queenstown property deal's gone through in the past week during New Zealand's pandemic-induced lockdown. An expat Kiwi family, based in Singapore, has bought Gibbston's Mt Rosa Lodge, including a pinot noir vineyard, at the Wakatipu's...

Guerrilla green

By HUGH COLLINS An illicitly-operating 'green fairy' is distributing medicinal marijuana to about 150 people in Queenstown. The man, who doesn't want to be named, says many of his clients aren't able to get effective medicine through legitimate health professionals. But, as...

Boundaries that divide us

Divide and conquer, that's the traditional formula. Or, slightly tweaked, "divide and ignore". Our communities may enjoy a friendly rivalry, but by contrast with the rest of New Zealand, there's far more that unites than divides us. Yet every three years, we're...
New grants are set to give local artists a New Year's boost. The Wanaka Arts Charitable Trust's offering three grants for artists in the Central Otago-Queenstown Lakes area of between $2000 to $4000 each. The grants are to be used for...
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