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By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's SkyCity Stampede ice hockey team might have schooled its Dunedin counterparts last weekend, but the side won’t be taking anything for granted playing them again, at home, this weekend. The 2019 New Zealand Ice Hockey League champs...

No crowd, no worries

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's finally go time for the SkyCity Stampede ice hockey team — but for the first time in its history, the team will be playing in an almost empty arena. Stampede manager Niel Frear says his team and the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's based a kids' book around daily displays of teddy bears during the Covid-19 lockdown. Placing teddy bears in windows became a New Zealand lockdown tradition aimed at cheering up children. John Cushen, 70, says his windows couldn't...
By HUGH COLLINS A trio of Queenstown production and entertainment companies have taken live streaming to a $30,000 calibre. Industrial Sessions launched its first stream on Wednesday night with a performance from Queenstown's very own up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Sofia Machray. The show was...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A campaign's been launched in Queenstown to keep the resort buzzing with the sound of music. Yonder prides itself on being the place to be for up-and-coming artists in New Zealand. But, with Covid-19 hitting the purse strings, there's...
By HUGH COLLINS With Covid-19 putting many musical careers in the Wakatipu Basin on hold, one artist claims the general mood among the local musos isn’t nearly as bad as you’d think. Long-time Queenstown muso Shay Muddle’s spent lockdown running ‘Quarantunes’, a...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Could it become Queenstown's lockdown anthem? In an amazing video collaboration, local choir Southern Soul posted American singer-songwriter Andra Day's stirring song, Rise Up, on its Facebook page, on Tuesday night. And by this afternoon it had generated about...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In recent years, Arrowtown Autumn Festival's included the wildly popular Pie, Pint and Pinot, featuring people's specially-created gourmet pies. This year, of course, the event, which attracted about 1200 punters last year, has been canned, along with the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Kelvin Peninsula Community Association's requesting Queenstown's council urgently restrict the narrow, winding Peninsula Track to walkers during the Covid-19-induced lockdown - however, the council's not intending taking that step at this stage. KPCA, according to its Facebook page,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER How many 13-year-olds get to present the weather on national TV? That's the opportunity Wakatipu High Year 9 student Jack Smillie was given, and knocked off with polished ease, on TVNZ 1's Breakfast show last Tuesday. The Queenstowner, who's...

Resort loses man of mana

By PHILIP CHANDLER A charismatic Queenstown community stalwart who died on Sunday is being remembered as big-hearted, inspirational and fun-loving. And also for his pioneering role in introducing foreign players into Japanese rugby. Merv Aoake passed away, after a short battle with...
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