Dunedin

Mayor powers to the podium

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult was among four local racing drivers who enjoyed spectacular success at the New Zealand endurance champs last weekend. Racing at Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park, local Barry Moore and Dunedin co-driver Tim Mackersy won Class...
By MATTHEW MCKEW You wait for one and three come along at once. No, not a bus, but a music tour in its third year celebrating and exploring New Zealand’s on-and-off love affair with public transport. Anthonie Tonnon’s bringing Rail Land to Arrowtown,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Writers Festival organisers have made an arresting choice of MC to interview two top New Zealand crime novelists tomorrow. They’ve chosen former local-based top cop Phil Jones, no stranger to murder investigations, who’s now living back in...

Wild way to end the season

By MATTHEW MCKEW A bronze medal was the ice-ing on the cake for the newly-formed Wakatipu Wild women’s ice hockey team at the weekend. It was a gruelling schedule of matches for the Queenstown-based franchise as they took on Auckland, Dunedin...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH There's been no training, there’s not an official coach, and half the side are ring-ins, but the Lakeside Rugby Club’s still in it to win it this weekend in its first game in about seven years. Club secretary...
By PHILIP CHANDLER KEEN by name, keenest by nature. Queenstowner Adam Keen proved he’s New Zealand’s gutsiest long-distance runner by winning a gruelling last-person standing competition last weekend. In and around an Auckland forest, the 37-year-old ran for 35 hours, completing a...

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...

New hockey side on debut

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's ice hockey obsession is growing and this weekend will see the launch of a new franchise to compete in the New Zealand Women’s Ice Hockey League. Wakatipu Wild will travel to Dunedin Ice Arena for their first ever...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Joni Mitchell sang, ‘‘they paved paradise and put up a parking lot’’. Well, it’s not quite like that, but a three-level parking building’s about to go up on one of Queenstown’s most prominent undeveloped sites. Australian private equity firm The...
By PHILIP CHANDLER If anyone knows about the euphoria of winning New Zealand’s most famous rugby trophy, it’s Queenstowner Michael Collins. The Otago captain, whose team took the Ranfurly Shield off Taranaki in Inglewood last Sunday, has amazingly been part of...

Rovers promote young locals

By MATTHEW MCKEW ‘‘I CAN’T play football tomorrow, I’ve been called into work’’. It’s a familiar convo in amateur football, particularly in Queenstown, where Rovers’ men rely almost entirely on overseas players working casual contracts. For stalwart manager Jamie Whitmarsh, Covid-19 was...

Super strummer

By PHILIP CHANDLER A professional Latin guitarist for the past 20 years, Dunedin-based Ryan Sanchez — aka Dr Sanchez — performs in Queenstown’s Village Green at 5pm tonight. He’s appearing as part of a Creative Queenstown mini music festival, ‘Listen Up,...
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