culture

As a self-professed misfit, I’ve always questioned the status quo. I don’t do this to be contentious, but because I believe that’s the path to creating a better world around us. Last week, when we heard news about the opening of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's biggest live music venue has become another Covid victim. Loco nightclub, which is part of the Base Backpackers complex, closes its doors after next weekend. In a Facebook post this week, it announces, ‘‘with the heaviest of hearts’’,...

Peak relief at last

By MATTHEW MCKEW There's been movement, finally. Department of Conservation’s (DoC) dropped the news it’ll install a toilet on Queenstown’s Ben Lomond to stop caught-short hikers causing a mess. It comes a year after the mountain was dubbed ‘‘faecal peak’’ for the...
In 1967 Skyline had been running VWvans up to Bob’s Peak for four years. The tourists were having a fun, albeit bumpy, ride but the repairs and maintenance costs on the vans were taking a serious toll on the fledgling...

Homecoming tour

By MATTHEW MCKEW There've been few things to feel upbeat about in 2020, but one Dunedin-based muso says his new album's got a cheerful vibe. Michael Morris has put the finishing touches to an album largely compiled in the garage of...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new not-for-profit school, focused on entrepreneurship and leadership, will open in Queenstown next year. In time the Liger Leadership Academy, which is setting up shop at Five Mile, will help to diversify and strengthen Queenstown’s economy, its...

Our foreign language nursery

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It gave new meaning to thinking globally but acting locally. In the normal course of events, language teachers from all over New Zealand would have spent the recent school holidays overseas, being immersed in the various languages they...

Young iwi rep building bridges

Born-and-bred Queenstowner Mike Rewi’s fitting of the ‘renaissance man’ label. A long- time Wakatipu Prems rugby winger, he’s dabbled in a music career, but he tells HUGH COLLINS he now spends as much time as he can volunteering with his iwi,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The government's come to the party to help save Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum. Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced $2 million, from a $3 billion pot set aside in Budget for infrastructure, will be heading to the museum...
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