environment

By DANIEL ALVEY Whakatipu's conservation groups have created an informal alliance to speak as one on the region’s environmental issues. Following a meeting earlier this month, a dozen groups have banded together to create the Whakatipu Conservation Collective (WCC). Wakatipu Reforestation Trust ops...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Nominations are open for the 2021 New Zealand Tourism Awards which are returning after a Covid-caused hiatus last year. In a revised programme organised by NZ Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), there’ll be eight categories for businesses and three...
As we race towards a winter of welcoming Aussie wallets, and after attending an economic diversification workshop I was wondering, what happened to reshaping our tourism industry? Over the last several months, I’ve moved from pessimism about the future of tourism...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Queenstown's most highly-regarded artists is being remembered as a "Renaissance man", a lover of a good debate, an armchair philosopher and the holder of an irreverent sense of humour. Peter Beadle died aged 87 at Lakes...
As a self-professed misfit, I’ve always questioned the status quo. I don’t do this to be contentious, but because I believe that’s the path to creating a better world around us. Last week, when we heard news about the opening of...

Challenges excite new boss

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism New Zealand’s former boss, who this week took the helm of Queenstown’s largest tourism company, appears undaunted by his sector’s struggles. Stephen England-Hall’s moved to the resort to run Wayfare Group — whose stable includes Queenstown’s Earnslaw...
By GUY WILLIAMS A social enterprise born out of the Covid lockdown made its first charitable donation last Wednesday. Less than two months after it launched, Kiwi Welcome distributed $250 to the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. Founder Sam Brough hopes it’s the first...

US foundation’s funding

By TRACEY ROXBURGH An off-road cycle trail connecting Tucker Beach to Arthurs Point and Arrowtown’s one step closer thanks to a whopping donation by a United States-based foundation. The Morgridge Family Foundation’s given $36,000 to the Queenstown Trails Trust, through the Wakatipu...
At 13 years old, I watched with excitement as the AJ Hackett crew tested their bungees outside our house on Thompson Street. They tied cables to a power pole and a ute, and accelerated. I remember getting weighed in a creaky...

Green-fingered

Pokemon Go, but for the environment. That's the idea behind a new app, Grow Kaha, dreamed up by two Queenstowners who want to change habits and fight back against climate change. And their idea is getting support from major players, from...

Bird poo blamed

Bird poo has been blamed for fluctuating levels of E.Coli in Lake Wakatipu. In a joint press release, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) and Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) said samples taken by ORC at Queenstown Bay late last year...

QLDC fined for sewage leak

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has been fined $24,225 for discharging wastewater from sewage pipes into Lake Wakatipu in 2017. Council contractor Veolia became aware that a developer had allegedly illegally connected to the QLDC's wastewater network in March 2017. Veolia...
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