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It’s closing time

By GUY WILLIAMS Three long-time downtown Queenstown business owners say the next six months will determine the fate of many like them. One’s closing his restaurant for good, another says he’s staring at a ‘‘bloody long autumn’’, while the third predicts...

Alpine chalet full of charm

By PHILIP CHANDLER Few Queenstown homes have the charm and character of one currently on the market in Kelvin Heights’ Balmoral Drive. It was built in the early ‘90s by Arrowtown-based architectural designer Erwin ‘Strauss’ Steck in the style of a...
By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown institution’s survived a devastating fire and a global pandemic. Perhaps it’s only appropriate for World Bar to officially reopen on Black Friday. It’ll be a brave new World Bar that throws opens its doors on November 13...

Crisis coping

By MATTHEW MCKEW If you fell from a plane with no parachute you would have every right to panic — but that doesn’t make you an anxious person. Southern District Health Board consultant clinical psychologist Henck van Bilsen says it’s the...

Relief, sadness at Ohau

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown architect whose holiday home survived the huge blaze that swept through Lake Ohau Alpine Village this week says it’s a miracle no one died. Ian Adamson says it’s ‘‘raw’’ to talk about because his family is...

Minutes from death

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A fire investigator says residents of a Huff Street house who lost everything in a Queenstown fire early on Saturday were just minutes away from possible death. About 25 volunteer firefighters from Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown, Cromwell and Alexandra...

Hazard housing

A regional fire boss warns that overcrowded Queenstown rental houses pose a severe fire risk, especially at this time of year. Steve Jones, Fire and Emergency NZ's assistant area manager, says hazards arise from overloaded electrical systems, ad hoc cooking...
A fire in a sleepout in central Queenstown has been extinguished. Firefighters were called to a ''well involved'' house fire on Suburb Street, just outside of the CBD, at 7.36am. A Fire and Emergency NZ spokeswoman said the fire turned out...
A volunteer firefighter who deals with some of the district's deadliest crashes is calling for tougher penalties for dangerous drivers. Athol and Garston chief fire officer Rob Durling is responsible for one of the district's most dangerous stretches of highway. His...
Having escaped a frightening fire that destroyed her car, Queenstown florist Victoria Lund is convinced she's used up one of her lives. She and her children Jemima, 12, and Arthur, 10, were about halfway to Dunedin last Saturday when a...

‘No justice’ over arson

A Queenstown mum-of-two says she can "finally move on with life" after the man who tried to burn her house down was sentenced to prison. But Mel Cocker still feels like there's "no justice" in our justice system. Blocklayer Dillan Wilson,...
Firefighters are attending a controlled burn-off near Queenstown Airport due to fears smoke could disrupt flights. Southern Fire Communications shift manager Daryl Ball said the fire service had been notified of the Kingston Rd burn-off, near the Remarkables Ski Field...
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