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By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown man’s father had two unusual encounters with Prince Philip, the first playing a crucial part in the life of the future husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Long-time local Bob Britton tells Mountain Scene his father evacuated...
Cyclist Peter Yarrell, QSM, has turned his love of the sport into a vehicle that’s raised hundreds of thousands for charity. On the eve of his latest Tour of New Zealand, he tells PHILIP CHANDLER why he’s stepping down...
By GUY WILLIAMS It takes a remarkable person to swim nearly 4km in chilly Lake Wakatipu, but to call Melanie Ryding remarkable is something of an understatement. Five months after having her left leg amputated, the self-employed personal trainer from Invercargill...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A tour guide at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort’s joining rarefied company with his new wine education qualification. Henry de Salengre (above), 33, has passed the world-recognised Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 4 diploma. Of six locals registered on the...

Album honed by busking

By PHILIP CHANDLER An album released on Friday by a Queenstown ‘folktronica’ duo has been largely honed by feedback from busking on local streets. The duo, Choice — Claire Forrester, from Ireland, and Paul Marcham, from England — originally met in...

Emma’s honour

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown cricket coach and administrator Emma Campbell received a rare honour last week. She was presented with a black cap for having represented New Zealand by NZ Cricket president and cricketing great Debbie Hockley during the White Ferns’ one-dayer against England...

Mercury rises on Moonlight

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Maureen Stachowicz (pictured) fought through scorching temperatures to win the women’s marathon in 5 hours, 52 minutes and 57 seconds during the 10th annual Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon last Saturday. The men’s marathon was won by Christchurch’s...
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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER As if Beatrice Onions’ first semester studying performing arts at New York University wasn’t dramatic enough, it took another interesting twist last week. Because of Covid-19, the 21-year-old Queenstowner, who first took drama classes at the age of...
By GUY WILLIAMS Highly-regarded Bannockburn artist Alan Waters will ‘‘believe it when I see it’’ when 60 of his artworks go on the walls at Five Mile’s Queenstown Contemporary gallery on Saturday. Organised by Kate Blomfield, of Tantra Art, ‘A Retrospective...

Turning a new leaf

By MATTHEW MCKEW It didn’t take long for a Queenstown business duo to brew up a new usiness plan when things went temporarily kaput for their travel firm. Sally Miller and Alex Musgrave, of Impact Escapes, specialise in small, off-the-beaten track...

‘Grossly unfair’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown joinery company’s fighting an Immigration New Zealand (INZ) decision to exile a highly-valued employee, who’s also an elite athlete, on health grounds. UK-born Clint Williams has worked for Formatt Bespoke Joinery Co, where he’s workshop manager,...
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