David Williams

OPINION: It wasn't the relaxing skifield road trip I'd envisaged. Ahead of me on The Remarkables access road the small rental car swept wide, over the centre line, on blind corners. I beeped my horn and motioned to the left. The...
OPINION: Progress is great, isn't it, David Williams asks. After years of political slumber in Queenstown, of needless cost-cutting and ridiculous attempts to keep rates steady, there seems to be an attitude to roll up the sleeves and get things...
OPINION: Bill English has finally answered questions we've been asking him for months. In April, I sent a series of questions to the Prime Minister's office about allegations Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay had recorded his electorate staff. One was: "Did Mr...

Scene snatches awards

Your local paper has done it again, Queenstown. Mountain Scene grabbed three gongs at last week's NZ Community Newspapers awards in Christchurch. Our eye-catching front page 'Queue-Town', created by talented Allied Press graphic designer Jasmine Couch last July, won Best Front Page...
OPINION: Yesterday we started a campaign aimed directly at Queenstown's drink-drivers. On our front page you'll find the names of the 100 people who have been convicted of drink-driving in Queenstown, or locals who appeared in other courts, so far...
OPINION: Think about the great cities of the world. The history of Athens, the seething humanity of Tokyo, the architecture of Barcelona. Then think again. One of the great things about cities is green spaces. What would New York City be without Central...
"I'm Dave," I say, extending my hand. "Sorry," Xin Wu says, shaking mine. Then I tell him what it was like for me and my son two Sunday mornings ago when our cars crashed head-on. It's not your average restorative justice meeting....
OPINION: The government's almost militaristic fast-track for new houses might be guilty of mission creep in Queenstown, writes David Williams. On Monday, Queenstown's council innocuously announced it was re-opening feedback for its Gorge Road special housing area – which allows developers...
OPINION: Some things defy mathematics, apparently. For example, Mr Google tells me a man's chances of having a brother for a sibling is one in three, not 50-50. Weird. Another maths-beater could be a half-arsed job. I think a half-arsed job is...
OPINION: Governments big and small sometimes have to do what's right, whatever the cost. Look at Health Minister Jonathan Coleman last week, announcing a $2 billion pay equity settlement. Care worker Kristine Bartlett's union, E tu, brought the claim against her employer, TerraNova. Now...
OPINION: My straw poll is mixed. Former mayor Warren Cooper reckons Queenstown isn't as busy as he expected this summer. (It's alright, Warren, Chinese New Year's almost here.) Meanwhile, one of our Dunedin wizards, Wayne, who helps put together the Scene, couldn't...
The soppy '90s band Wet Wet Wet clearly didn't live in Queenstown. They sang Love Is All Around but in this place I reckon Booze Is All Around. Wine samples from a VW van parked in Beach Street. A floating bar moored...
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