Covid

By PHILIP CHANDLER People perhaps do a double-take when they find Queenstown’s Frankton Legal also sells real estate. The practice, however, has been lawful in New Zealand since 2006, and indeed the law firm claims it’s saving its real estate vendors...
He’s got to be one to watch. How Queenstown iFLY’s co-owner Matt Wong turned Covid into a positive has intrigued the local tourism industry. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his prior track gallops and how he turned around his...
As we race towards a winter of welcoming Aussie wallets, and after attending an economic diversification workshop I was wondering, what happened to reshaping our tourism industry? Over the last several months, I’ve moved from pessimism about the future of tourism...

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...

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...

Fourth time lucky?

By PHILIP CHANDLER He's possibly New Zealand’s unluckiest sports event organiser — and you can’t even blame Covid. Queenstowner Evan McWhirter, who’s again organising tomorrow's Routeburn Classic run over the stunning Routeburn Track, has had to cancel the event’s past three...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A remarkable 100-year-old Northland-based war veteran’s revisiting Queenstown not only to attend Sunday’s Anzac Day dawn service but to present a special gift. Ray Dunn, who served as a Wing Commander with the Royal Australian Air Force during...

Cresting a wave

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowner Dave Mitchell (above), 49, rolled back the years to compete strongly at the recent waveski surfing nationals in Gisborne. He finished runner-up to arch-rival Nigel Bryant in the New Zealand Open comp but turned the tables to...
It’s not widely known one of New Zealand’s finest old wooden schooners, built 101 years ago, lives on Lake Wakatipu. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to Lady Sterling’s owner, muso Noel Coutts, about how he acquired her and why he compares...

Money stress help

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is hoping to help resort residents avoid get ting to ‘‘mental health crisis’’ point with a new service. Noticing a nexus between financial stress and hardship and mental health struggles last year, CAB’s...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new Queenstown charitable trust with a focus on mental health has received a $40,000 funding boost from Central Lakes Trust. The Southern Wellbeing Trust was co-founded in September by local GP Tim Rigg and health communications specialist...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Resort College has joined forces with the resort’s chamber of commerce and the government on a pilot programme to help keep people in tourism jobs, and give them a chance to add more strings to their...
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