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By PHILIP CHANDLER A world tour of inspiring action, environmental and adventure films from Canada’s latest Banff Mountain Film Festival hits Queenstown for the 10th time next week. Seven films screen at Queenstown Memorial Centre on Wednesday and a different eight...

Movement for active travel

By PHILIP CHANDLER A first Queenstown mini-expo on ‘active travel’ tomorrow even lets attendees try a range of electric bikes. The event, at Frankton’s Buzzstop cafe, is being organised by a new community advocacy group, The Lightfoot Initiative. ‘‘We’re keen to start...

Labour Party’s art cash-grab

By PHILIP CHANDLER Two portraits of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are among artworks up for auction at a Southland Labour Party fundraiser at Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on Friday. Organiser Amanda Robinson, who confirms the PM’s been invited, says the ‘Paint The...

Whirlwind down memory lane

By PHILIP CHANDLER TEN years of original Wakatipu rock and roll musicals are being celebrated in a ‘best of’ show in Arrowtown next month. Resort impresario Margaret O’Hanlon’s Whirlwind Productions NZ has produced eight of these shows, premiering with a tribute to...
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...

Renewing the cultural landscape

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Twenty-seven Wakatipu artists and performers have received RenewArt grants so their work can be displayed or performed at free community art celebrations here next month. In total, 20 visual artists and 21 performing arts groups have been given funding...
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...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH If this was any other year, Peta Mathias would be in her home in the south of France, teaching cooking classes and getting ready to go on a week-long culinary tour in the Basque country. Covid’s put paid to that,...

Kiwi legend going solo

By HUGH COLLINS As he prepares to tour the length of the country, legendary Kiwi actor Michael Hurst certainly isn’t naive about how fortunate he is to be a performer in post-lockdown New Zealand. “I am probably one of the few...
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