Europe

Alice after Austrian encore

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown skiing star Alice Robinson starts her World Cup campaign this Saturday night at the scene of her greatest triumph. She’s at Solden, Austria, where a year ago, at just 17, she shocked the skiing world by claiming...

Super strummer

By PHILIP CHANDLER A professional Latin guitarist for the past 20 years, Dunedin-based Ryan Sanchez — aka Dr Sanchez — performs in Queenstown’s Village Green at 5pm tonight. He’s appearing as part of a Creative Queenstown mini music festival, ‘Listen Up,...

Top showjumper shows up

By PHILIP CHANDLER One of New Zealand’s top showjumping riders has shifted to Queenstown to start a new chapter in her life. Professional rider and coach Lucy Olphert, who’s moved down from Mount Maunganui, says Queenstown’s a place she’s long admired, and...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Airport’s got the third-best approach view in Australasia, according to PrivateFly. The Frankton airport’s been named behind Bora Bora (Motu Mute) Airport in French Polynesia and Nadi International Airport, in Fiji, in the 2020 Scenic Airport Poll. In New...
PART three of my thrilling trilogy, ‘the lead-up to the general election’, has me talking about death and drugs, of course. This is the discussion about the two referendums, or referenda (both are correct, I checked), that will be included in...

Sleep, eat, ride, repeat

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown pro cyclist Reuben Thompson’s planning to hole up in Europe this northern winter and ‘‘train like a madman’’. After a breakout season last year, the 19-year-old’s now in Italy trying to make the most of a Covid-disrupted season,...
Globetrotting former journalist Emma Hart's come a long way since covering the Ben Smart/Olivia Hope murder trial on TV every night. PHILIP CHANDLER charts her move to Europe and then back again to run cutting-edge stem cell therapy company headquartered in Queenstown's Glenda Drive  A...

Point complex matures

By PHILIP CHANDLER A 34-unit European-style terraced housing complex is nearly complete in Queenstown's Arthurs Point. It's the third stage of Bullendale - an 88-unit 'special housing area' (SHA). The first two stages, which sold to a good proportion of first-home buyers,...
By GUY WILLIAMS Nicholas Holmes was already having the year from hell. After four months in Covid-ravaged French Guiana, the Queenstowner managed to get on a flight to Paris last month, and in a rare moment of good luck, was allowed...

Hope held till the end

By PHILIP CHANDLER A remarkable Queenstowner has died in his native Czech Republic, aged only 34, just four months after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Jacob Macak told he'd developed deep vein thrombosis after flying back from Europe given six...

Banker boosts QT economy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Queenstown's new residents is helping broaden the resort's economy, having set up Private Capital Group, a private debt management and equity investment company. Paul Carman's originally from Wellington, but spent 25 years in the UK, working for...
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...
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