David Clarke

It’s go time

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Two of Arrowtown’s most iconic buildings are going under cover. Next week work will start on the Lakes District Museum’s massive seismic-strengthening project — the last bit of funding needed came from the Central Lakes Trust by way...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtowners are seeing red over new speed signs outside the town’s historic miners’ cottages. Queenstown’s council originally installed large blue, red and white 30km signs in Buckingham Street in late August after resolving to reduce the town centre’s...
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...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH City Hall's stepped up to help save Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum. At its full meeting on Thursday, council agreed to a loan-funded grant of $1.04 million, excluding GST, to go towards the district museum's $3.5m earthquake-strengthening project. Director David...
By HUGH COLLINS Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum won't be getting a dollar from the government's 'shovel-ready' fund. But, its fight for survival is far from over. Museum director David Clarke says the staff heard last Thursday the application to central government for money...
By HUGH COLLINS Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum is waiting with bated breath for the outcome of two applications it's made to fund critical earthquake-strengthening work for its original historic building. Well before the Covid-19 lockdown the museum's former Bank of New...

Museum in peril

Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum could be history if a "daunting" $3.5 million isn't stumped up for earthquake-strengthening and restoration work. The museum's former Bank of New Zealand building and stables, both built in 1875, which house many of its displays,...
Red tape has spelled the end of a major fundraiser for an historic Arrowtown building. For the first time in more than 15 years, the Arrowtown Post Office Market was not held at the end of last year. That's because the...
Well-known local and former district councillor John Wilson was farewelled in Arrowtown yesterday. Wilson died on November 19, aged 70, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. A long-time Arrowtown ward councillor, Wilson had a particular interest in conservation and local...

Tribal collection hits town

The world's tribal warriors are descending on Arrowtown. Dunedin artist Frank Varsanyi is exhibiting 48 life-size sculptures kitted out in full regalia. They include five Samurai soldiers complete with armour, Aboriginal men with authentic jewellery and dress, and other instantly recognisable...
Jetboat driver Joseph Coutts struck gold while completing routine maintenance in the Shotover River. While moving rocks near the historic Oxenbridge Tunnel to clear Shotover Jet's boat access, he scooped out an old mining relic from the riverbed that dates back to the early 1900s....
Maggie Watts (10) eyes up a dream catcher at Arrowtown Post Office's annual market day fundraiser yesterday. More than 90 stalls were set up on Arrowtown's Library Green for the occasion. The historic 1915 post office has been maintained by the...
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