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By PHILIP CHANDLER In several English children’s books and a kids’ TV series, The Wombles are furry creatures who do good. Similarly, The Wombles Golfing Society’s a Queenstown-based group of roving golfers also doing good — raising $10,000 for the Wakatipu...
By GUY WILLIAMS The recent death of Prince Philip has brought back memories of life at sea for a Queenstown man. London-born Brian Jessop was 18 when, in 1949, he was called up for National Service, the UK’s then-peacetime conscription system. Leaving his...

New alert system inbound

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new two-way communication tool’s being introduced to Otago region, following a trial in Queenstown’s Kelvin Heights, among other places, over the past year. ‘Gets Ready’ was set up in the Selwyn District after the Canterbury earthquakes and...

UK muso feels the love

By MATTHEW MCKEW ‘‘It's like being on another planet,’’ says a London drum ‘n’ bass DJ set to perform in Queenstown tonight after escaping what he describes as ‘‘endless misery’’ in the UK. Kanine, who’s played the likes of UK’s Glastonbury...

Dux award caps stellar year

By PHILIP CHANDLER Anyone who aspires to be a neurosurgeon’s probably pretty brainy — and in the case of Wakatipu High school leaver Om Alva, you’d certainly be right. The 18-year-old, who started his final exams last week, has been named...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new not-for-profit school, focused on entrepreneurship and leadership, will open in Queenstown next year. In time the Liger Leadership Academy, which is setting up shop at Five Mile, will help to diversify and strengthen Queenstown’s economy, its...

Hare to help our kids

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new book aimed at helping address anxiety and identify stress in kids has been a labour of love for its Queenstown author. Commercial illustrator Laura Shallcrass released Hare & Ruru, A Quiet Moment last month with Beatnik...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A choral number written for this weekend's RenewArt arts celebration in Queenstown reflects on the resort's cosmopolitan nature at this vexed time for the world. The song, being performed at Events Centre concerts tonight and tomorrow afternoon, is...
A likeable, quick-witted, occasionally out-landish long-time local, spiky-haired Grant Stewart's best known for his former broad-casting career. He's also an experienced pilot who's returning to the air now his job's been disestablished. PHILIP CHANDLER looks at the 58-year-old's varied career  If anyone typifies...
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