Cromwell

By MATTHEW MCKEW Homes and businesses will light up across the Wakatipu this weekend for Lumify, with organisers hoping to cut through the Covid-19 darkness. The home-made Queen's Birthday weekend event replaces the annual Luma, a festival of lights that normally...

Right Royalburn retreat

By PHILIP CHANDLER It's not a bad place to be locked down in. 'Royalburn Hideout', on the CrownTerrace, above Arrowtown, is one of the Wakatipu's most distinctive homes. What makes it one-of-a-kind is a length-of-the-house overhanging eave, or soffit. The three-bedroom home was...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Plans for a $12 million Queenstown film studio have been brought forward to address the Covid-19-induced collapse of the local tourism industry. The proposal, for a large Gibbston Valley site opposite the Victoria Flats landfill, has been sent to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER After Cromwell’s Northburn 100-miler (161km) race, which Adam Carlson had been yearning to run for the first time was cancelled last weekend due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Queenstowner stepped in with his own alternative. The engineer, who...

Guerrilla green

By HUGH COLLINS An illicitly-operating 'green fairy' is distributing medicinal marijuana to about 150 people in Queenstown. The man, who doesn't want to be named, says many of his clients aren't able to get effective medicine through legitimate health professionals. But, as...

Boundaries that divide us

Divide and conquer, that's the traditional formula. Or, slightly tweaked, "divide and ignore". Our communities may enjoy a friendly rivalry, but by contrast with the rest of New Zealand, there's far more that unites than divides us. Yet every three years, we're...
Organisers of Saturday's fifth Queenstown 9s rugby league tournament are dealing with a late curve ball. Queenstown council's banned use of the tournament's usual Recreation Ground venue for three weeks after wet weather, combined with its use for the Queenstown...
A NEW speed camera car on Queenstown roads is behind a staggering increase in the number of people pinged for speeding, cops say. Police figures reveal the number of speeding tickets dished out in Queenstown skyrocketed 48 per cent between...

Grudge match

IT'S shaping up to be a doozy. This weekend the Wakatipu Prems rugby team will go head-to-head with their first round foe, Cromwell, at the Queenstown Rec Ground. Waka – off the back of a 53-0 win in Alexandra at the...
This Saturday sees the unusual spectacle of two Central Otago rugby semi-finals taking place just six kilometres apart in Queenstown. Top-placed Wakatipu Premiers host fourth-placed Cromwell at the Recreation Ground while second-placed Arrowtown host Maniototo at their adopted Events Centre...

Tough finish looms

Going by last weekend's performance, the top-of-the-table Wakatipu Premiers rugby side has to lift its game nearing the business end of the season. They struggled at home last Saturday to put away defending champions Cromwell 20-13, after beating them 36-10...
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