David Clarke

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...

Moa bone find gnaws family

Extinct for more than 500 years, New Zealand's flightless moa bird has returned to the Wakatipu – at least in skeleton form. Builder's labourer Neil Jackson found a moa's lower leg bone on one of Queenstown's oldest habitable properties. He unearthed the...
Lakes District Museum's boss says he's grateful but embarrassed to have been awarded a mayoral citation. David Clarke, who's run the Arrowtown-based museum for the past 27 years, was honoured by mayor Vanessa van Uden in the last days of her mayoralty last month. Unlike veteran local nurse Judy Stewart and Queenstown community stalwarts...
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