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Emma’s honour

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown cricket coach and administrator Emma Campbell received a rare honour last week. She was presented with a black cap for having represented New Zealand by NZ Cricket president and cricketing great Debbie Hockley during the White Ferns’ one-dayer against England...
By PHILIP CHANDLER When two local businessmen open Queenstown’s City Cave Float & Wellness Centre this coming Saturday, it’ll also be a personal milestone for a former local. That’s Brisbane-based franchisor Tim Butters, who grew up in Queenstown and went to...
A lot can change in 12 months, but one thing remains the same; we seem to have been left to fend for ourselves. It’s hard not to feel forgotten as many parts of New Zealand carry on almost oblivious to Covid-19’s...
Queenstown’s cultural scene only improved when world-leading Celtic harpist Kate Targett-Adams settled here last year. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to her about why she decided to move here, how she got into playing the harp and the many other strings...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Coming on top of Covid border closures, some retailers fear an impending dig-up of Queenstown’s town centre could put them under. Council’s about to start a $60 million CBD street upgrade — a ‘shovel-ready’ project it’s co-funding with...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown 19-year-old’s fulfilling a dream by taking up a golfing scholarship in the United States. Former Otago rep Danielle Bailey’s off to Western Washington University in Bellingham — the northernmost university in mainland US — for four...
By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand's most promising young pianist performs at Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s Lodge at The Hills this coming Tuesday. Sylvia Jiang, 24, will be playing a fully-restored 1897 Steinway Concert Grand, with all proceeds going towards furthering her...

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...

Our foreign language nursery

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It gave new meaning to thinking globally but acting locally. In the normal course of events, language teachers from all over New Zealand would have spent the recent school holidays overseas, being immersed in the various languages they...

Covid-19 forces DQ cuts

TWO more Destination Queenstown staff have been made redundant. In a statement, DQ interim boss Ann Lockhart says it’s ‘‘with much regret’’ the board’s disestablished the international markets manager roles for both Asia and Western, held, respectively, by Ella Zhang...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The global one per cent is eyeing up Queenstown, looking to invest up to $10 million to secure New Zealand residency and help strengthen the Wakatipu's economy. AWS Legal senior associate Scott Donaldson and solicitor Chantal Ryan say post-Covid-19...

Out of pocket

By MATTHEW MCKEW Activity operators face a double body blow as booking agents postpone or default on debts running into the millions. Tourism in Queenstown is already under pressure from closed borders, but debts are outstanding from activities run before the...
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