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By TRACEY ROXBURGH It gives new meaning to gratuity. Yesterday one of Queenstown’s oldest cottages, which dates back to the 1870s, hit the road, bound for St Bathans. The 40 square metre, one-bedroom shack with an outdoor loo is known as Gratuity...
We hear talk of the new normal, whatever that might be, as the Covid pandemic drags on and on, and hopes of open borders still look quite a while away. What will the new Queenstown tourism industry look like, can...
New Zealand still had 6 o’clock closing and Keith Holyoake was Prime Minister when Kay Edwards started a legal career now in its seventh decade. She talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why she’s pulling pin, the people and firms she’s worked...

Course’s first grad

By PHILIP CHANDLER A scholarship programme named after a Queenstowner, Jai Sneddon, who died suddenly two months ago, has produced its first graduate. A month earlier, Jai had graduated from a course taken by Your Life Live It neural coding trainers Amanda...

Car-less days trial

By MARK PRICE Car-less days, a famous feature of the late ’70s and early ’80s, are being brought back to Queenstown. One day a week, motorists associated with Wakatipu High School are being encouraged to leave their cars in the garage...

Dinner-time ‘raids’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown food operator’s outraged 12 ‘‘heavyhanded’’ Immigration New Zealand officials simultaneously raided four of his outlets this week, only to find his foreign staff all had valid visas. Organic Thai takeaway owner James Porteous says the agents,...
By MATTHEW MCKEW So, you finish your album and it’s just a little short, what do you do? Maybe chuck on that sentimental ditty you wrote more for therapy than release, yeah, she’ll be right. Nearly a million hits later on Spotify...

Charity pageant

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowner Deborah Coburn, who’s run more than 20 local fashion shows and charity events, got motivated to organise another one when an annual charity fundraiser was canned last year. The local Supper Club raises big bucks for Ronald...

Noah’s double win

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown fighter last Saturday added a South Island Muay Thai belt to go with a South Island kickboxing title he won last October. Noah Shepherd, 26, a light cruiserweight who fights at 84.6kg, says it’s ‘‘a big...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner recently won one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and exciting pool tournaments for the second year running. Simon ‘Postman’ Singleton pocketed $8000 for winning ‘The Great Southern Knockout II’, an 8-ball invitational event in Christchurch featuring...

Nash’s bold call

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism Minister Stuart Nash predicts Queenstown could enjoy a record ski season thanks to the trans-Tasman bubble, and hints he’ll announce more measures to help the Covid-ravaged tourism industry next week. In the resort on a family holiday...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Downtown Queenstown’s set to feature more in the second series of TV crime thriller One Lane Bridge, which wrapped up two months’ shooting yesterdat. ‘‘Whilst I’m never going to be grateful for Covid, and nobody in Queenstown will...
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