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Peddling bike films

By PHILIP CHANDLER Pictured is a scene from British film Focus that’s among a selection of 13 international and New Zealand short cycling films screening in Arrowtown on Thursday night. Part of an annual event, The Big Bike Film Night, the...

Familial links

By PHILIP CHANDLER Maybe it proves we’re still a small place, but there are some interesting links amongst actors playing leads in Showbiz Queenstown’s Legally Blonde The Musical, premiering on Thursday. The lead role of Elle Woods — made famous by Reese...
By MARK PRICE and TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Britain’s most prolific comedy writers is fizzing to get back to the land of the long white cloud. Speaking to Mountain Scene from Australia before his New Zealand tour, which started in in...

Views on billboard split

By GUY WILLIAMS A large digital billboard proposed for the side of Queenstown’s Crowne Plaza hotel has attracted nearly 50 submissions. As revealed in Mountain Scene on March 11, the 34 square metre billboard will display advertising aimed at pedestrians and...

Creditors whistle

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner whose former development company’s in hock to creditors for $1 million is flogging luxury apartments through a new company. Lachlan Francis’ company was to build a 16-unit apartment complex, Freshwater, on the corner of Hallenstein and York Streets. His...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Strong interest from locals in entry-level Queenstown property is flying in the face of predictions made in the wake of Covid last year. Local Bayleys managing director David Gubb says it was assumed there’d be a lot more...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A former Arrowtowner who died last month, at 83, is being remembered as a jovial, community-minded character, retailer, vintage car restorer and devoted family man. Married to Rosemary for 59 years, Colin Jack, who latterly lived in North...

Boutique Fryer Street units

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown planner/developer’s building an entry-level apartment complex just 10 minutes’ walk from the CBD. Northlight Apartments consists of 10 boutique apartments over two levels in Fryer Street. It’s being developed by planner Tim Williams and his wife Paula,...
Tori Keating’s got 99 things to do before she’s 50 — and while learning to meditate’s one of them, she can’t stop long enough to do it. The Kingston resident talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about why she still feels lazy Someone,...

Bailout lifeline

By MATTHEW MCKEW BELEAGUERED tourism wholesale company Website Travel’s got a new boss and a bailout from the Aussies — but Queensland’s government refuses to say how much. The company disappeared down a black hole at the start of the Covid-19...

‘One Lane Bridge’ 2.0

By PHILIP CHANDLER If you’re still reeling at last week’s news that Queenstown’s missing out on hosting visiting Rugby Championship sides, there’s some ‘reely’ good news this week. A second series of Queenstown-based TV crime thriller One Lane Bridge has been...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Having mental health as the theme for a play has emboldened Queenstown’s Remarkable Theatre to continue staging it despite the uncertainties of Covid-19 restrictions. The play, Cosi — being performed at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall from September 10...
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