Easter

By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown hotelier fears the resort’s ‘‘facing a catastrophe’’ if the Aussie border remains closed. The Rees’ Mark Rose says: ‘‘Our business fell off a cliff on Sunday, and apart from a couple of reasonably good days...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Coming on top of Covid border closures, some retailers fear an impending dig-up of Queenstown’s town centre could put them under. Council’s about to start a $60 million CBD street upgrade — a ‘shovel-ready’ project it’s co-funding with...

Q’town youngster stranded

By MATTHEW MCKEW Tearful selfies sent via text in the middle of the night reveal the heavy strain on an 11-year-old girl stranded in Aussie and missing her mum. It’s been almost a full year since Peggy Hieronymus held her daughter...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Six years after Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort bought a neighbouring farm, the first 12 sections in the new $50 million Mill Farm development went on sale last Thursday. Part of The Grand Terrace enclave, they’re in Millbrook’s most elevated...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's centenarian, the remarkable Alex McBurney, was farewelled by 250 people in Invercargill on Monday. The oldest World War II veteran living in the Wakatipu, Alex turned 100 on June 20, celebrating the milestone with his family, including...

A soldier’s century

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Alex McBurney has been to war, raised a family, and lived the Kiwi good life even shaken hands with royalty. The oldest World War II veteran living in the Wakatipu, he turned 100 on Saturday. Still living in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's based a kids' book around daily displays of teddy bears during the Covid-19 lockdown. Placing teddy bears in windows became a New Zealand lockdown tradition aimed at cheering up children. John Cushen, 70, says his windows couldn't...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite ‘sadness that his parish churches, like all others, are closed during this most important week in the Christian calendar, a Queenstown minister says his congregation's never been more connected. Anglican vicar Reverend Dr David Wright notes that...
Queenstown publicans are barring up over Easter drinking restrictions they claim are outdated and visitor-unfriendly. Under New Zealand law, due to Easter's religious significance, you can't drink in pubs on Good Friday and Easter Sunday unless you're there to dine,...
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