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By GUY WILLIAMS National elite champion, tick. After dominating the junior ranks for the past two seasons, Queenstown’s downhill mountain bike queen Jess Blewitt took out the elite title at the Mountain Bike National Champs in Christchurch recently. Her victory by almost...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown freeskier, ranked sixth in the world, is in Europe getting ready for his second season on the freeride world tour. Blake Marshall will compete in his first event at Ordino Arcalis ski resort, in Andorra, from...

Reuben rides in NZ colours

By MATTHEW MCKEW A puncture burst any individual chances of success for Queenstown pro cyclist Reuben Thompson this week, but his efforts put his team first in Wellington. The Whakatipu’s king of the hill opened his season with a team trial...
Summer holidays, what a lovely time to enjoy packed beaches and revel with thousands of strangers at one of New Zealand’s many music festivals. As I shared the highlights of my summer adventures on social media, I received messages from...

Homecoming tour

By MATTHEW MCKEW There've been few things to feel upbeat about in 2020, but one Dunedin-based muso says his new album's got a cheerful vibe. Michael Morris has put the finishing touches to an album largely compiled in the garage of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Teaching by Skype or Zoom became all the rage during lockdown this year. But for a Queenstown-based piano and vocal teacher, eight of whose local students perform in a recital this Sunday, that’s old hat. Chaz Barcenilla moved permanently...

Switching tack

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown ski racing star Alice Robinson changes course this weekend by competing in two World Cup super-G races in St Moritz, Switzerland. Alice, who turned 19 this week, principally races giant slalom (GS), and remarkably entered this northern...

Shuffling Sundeck’s deck

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown bar baron Mike Burgess’ company has stepped in to take a half share — in fact, 51% — of popular local rooftop bar, Sundeck, and its downstairs partner, Attiqa. Original Sundeck/Attiqa owner Cam Mitchell, who holds the...

Amping for The Remarks

By GUY WILLIAMS The only Queenstown rider in the Tour of Southland can’t wait for its most gut-busting climb. Newly-minted pro rider Reuben Thompson, flew into the resort on Saturday after quarantining in an Auckland hotel following his flight home from...

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...
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