Christmas

Run every mountain

By PHILIP CHANDLER Someon carrying good form into the 50km race held as part of tomorrow's Northburn 100 mountain run, near Cromwell, is Queenstowner Maureen Stachowicz. The 27-year-old Frenchwoman, who loves nothing better than running in the mountains, won the women’s...
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...
There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...

Firm crests big building wave

By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-established builder behind many of Queenstown’s biggest projects is grateful it’s so far ridden out the Covid storm. Naylor Love last year finished the Holiday Inn Express hotel and, just before Christmas, Toru Apartments. This year it’s completing...

Little art, big success

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Proving size doesn’t count, a ‘‘small art’’ exhibition which opened just before Christmas raised more than $16,300 for the Lakes District Museum through sales. Organised by the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society (ACAS), the exhibition featured 139 works, all...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Security is being upped at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital because of the ‘‘huge’’ numbers showing up off their faces on drugs and booze. Papers released last week by Southern District Health Board reveal ‘‘security issues persist at Lakes...

Council U-turn

By GUY WILLIAMS A Shotover Street businessman’s relieved Queenstown’s council has seen sense and removed a CCTV-monitored taxi stand outside his store. In August, Asian Mart owner Tau Su accused the council of ‘‘trading us like a milky cow’’ over the...

Walkers put feet up

By PHILIP CHANDLER After almost four months walking the length-of-New Zealand Te Araroa Trail, a Queenstown teaching couple temporarily pulled stumps, or rather sticks, at Tekapo last Saturday. Ken McIntyre, 60, and his wife Susan, 57, aborted their walk to return to...

UK muso feels the love

By MATTHEW MCKEW ‘‘It's like being on another planet,’’ says a London drum ‘n’ bass DJ set to perform in Queenstown tonight after escaping what he describes as ‘‘endless misery’’ in the UK. Kanine, who’s played the likes of UK’s Glastonbury...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...

New movie complex

By PHILIP CHAND:ER An eight-screen cinema complex is in motion at Queenstown’s Remarkables Park. It’ll be in a four-level commercial building, designed by Dunedin’s Mason & Wales Architects — bordered by Market Street and Golden Elm Lane — and could be...

Arsenic alarm

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown rural landowners are on high alert over arsenic poisoning in their drinking water. Regional medical officer of health Susan Jack last month warned about 200 householders not to drink their bore water till it’s tested, as ‘‘elevated...
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