Climate change

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...
The economic benefits of tourism are often celebrated and the tourist sector regularly pats itself on the back for being a mainstay of the economy. But for some time now Queenstown’s been obsessed with growth, totally forgetting to ask who...

Kiwi park’s wild ride

By PHILIP CHANDLER As it ticked over 35 years last week, Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park shared a lot in common with the endangered species it supports — both are in the business of survival. In 2019, with visitor numbers totalling 55,000-odd,...
Darren Lovell’s ‘Your Word’ piece (MS, Nov 26) sure created a stir. Darren raised a valid concern about the future of our town, and indeed the wider district, if we don’t get any international visitors back soon. Some of the responses...
"WE live in unprecedented times.’’ As a phrase, I’m pretty much over it. Our current times are entirely precedented, and certainly they’ve been repeatedly forewarned. As we look around the world — thankfully reminding ourselves not to take for granted the fact...
Almost a decade ago, our community came together to chart our way forward into our, then, economic future. In 2011, Shaping Our Future brought together our community - through a series of forums and workshops - to explore our aspirations...
'In retrospect, all revolutions seem inevitable. Beforehand, all revolutions seem impossible.' – Michael McFauland Think about it, think about women not having the vote, think about slavery, about apartheid. They are wrong, incongruent and archaic. In retrospect, it's utterly unbelievable that people...
OPINION: Queenstown's  council has hypocritically pushed its way on to the overcrowded virtue express train 5 with its recent declaration of a climate emergency. Not only have councillors misinterpreted what an emergency is, they have distracted from urgent local issues...

Climate challenge

"It would be a good idea to stop it, before we all die." You'd be hard-pressed to find a more succinct way to sum up why Queenstown teens took to the streets last week than those words from 15-year-old Alice...

Students set to march

Queenstown students will take to the streets to protest climate change inaction on Friday. The Student March for Climate Action is a nationwide strike, organised by high school students, to raise awareness of the need to tackle climate change. The Queenstown...
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