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‘Bespoke’ base

By MATTHEW MCKEW West Indies cricketing legend Chris Gayle could be among international sporting superstars based in Queenstown if there’s progress on talks to make the resort a ‘‘bespoke’’ isolation base. City Hall, the government, Southern District Health Board, NZ Cricket...

Kiwi legend going solo

By HUGH COLLINS As he prepares to tour the length of the country, legendary Kiwi actor Michael Hurst certainly isn’t naive about how fortunate he is to be a performer in post-lockdown New Zealand. “I am probably one of the few...

No return for migrants

By PHILIP CHANDLER IMMIGRATION New Zealand doesn't believe a desperate Queenstown migrant couple, stuck in Bali since March because of Covid-19 border restrictions, meet its humanitarian criteria to let them return. Mountain Scene last week reported Brits Charlie Grant and Zara...

Migrants’ mare

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown migrant couple holed up in Bali for almost four months are becoming increasingly desperate as they’re continually barred from re-entering New Zealand. Brits Charlie Grant and Zara Meekins were holidaying there in March when their return...
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 A Queenstowner gearing up to organise his sixth biennial Tour of New Zealand cycle race next April is just grateful he "skipped the right year" due to the current event-restricting Covid-19 pandemic. Peter Yarrell has opened entries to...
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...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown's premier pro wrestling event's back. WrestleFest, Southern Pro Wrestling NZ's sixth event, will hit the ring this weekend with six matches set to take place at the Queenstown Memorial Centre. SPW co-owner and wrestler Marc 'Hooligan Marcus Kool' Perry...
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