Covid-19

By PHILIP CHANDLER In several English children’s books and a kids’ TV series, The Wombles are furry creatures who do good. Similarly, The Wombles Golfing Society’s a Queenstown-based group of roving golfers also doing good — raising $10,000 for the Wakatipu...
By GUY WILLIAMS A special event in Queenstown this Sunday will serve as a ‘‘big hug’’ for the community, and mark a year since the country emerged from the Covid-19 lockdown, its organiser says. Local iwi charitable trust, Mana Tahuna, is...

Fingers crossed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is rumoured to be making an imminent announcement regarding working holiday and supplementary seasonal employer (SSE) visas. While details are scant, Mountain Scene understands INZ may announce SSE visa holders can move to working holiday visas,...
By MARK PRICE and TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Britain’s most prolific comedy writers is fizzing to get back to the land of the long white cloud. Speaking to Mountain Scene from Australia before his New Zealand tour, which started in in...

On a high at 65

By MARK PRICE Covid-19 concerns are likely to put paid to Central Otago-Wakatipu Cycling Club member Brett Strachan’s chances of competing against the world's best 65-to-69-year-olds. Queenstowner Strachan, 65, recently took out the 60.8km road race age group title at the New...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A proper knees-up’s on the way for Arrowtown tonight — in part to wash away the Covid blues, but also raising much-needed money to help fund the town’s preschool extension. Announced last June, a decade after the Arrowtown...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Two Queenstown developers make long-awaited appearances in National Business Review’s online Rich List. Part-time local Fraser Sanderson, who’s developing commercial and residential property behind his former Queenstown Country Club retirement village, is valued at $225 million. The Porter brothers,...

Local’s Ali coup

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a heavyweight coup, a Queenstowner and another Kiwi are creating a giant tourist attraction in the United States dedicated to one of the world’s biggest icons, Muhammad Ali. Local Stu Robertson — a marketing guru and philanthropist...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Local knowledge helped disc golfer Mikey Yu win the 26th Queenstown Classic Disc Golf Tournament’s overall title and men’s pro open division by nine strokes last weekend. The 41-year-old, who’s lived in Queenstown for 13 years, lives just seven...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Glenorchy lodge’s multiple income streams is being touted as a major selling point for would-be lessees. Bold Peak Lodge’s business is for sale by negotiation, ‘‘but a buyer should be able to get it for under $500,000,’’ Queenstown-based...

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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The boss of Queenstown’s Eichardt’s Private Hotel and The Grille says the council’s policy to offer a 50% discount on businesses’ table and chairs licence fees, in response to Covid, is ‘‘too little, too late’’. The council last...
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