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By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown swimmer Liana Smith’s become a bit of a pro at tumble turns. Ironically, that’s not a skill she’ll be needing next week as she attempts the 40.3km Lake Taupo marathon swim, the first of three planned swims...

Kids’ play date

By PHILIP CHANDLER Kids up to 12 couldn’t ask for more fun than they’ll get at this Sunday’s free Teddy Bear’s Picnic at the Queenstown Events Centre. Between 11am and 2pm there’ll be oodles of outdoor games, music, book readings, face...
By GUY WILLIAMS The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust will celebrate a major milestone this weekend when its 50,000th native plant goes into the ground. The moment will come tomorrow morning at Whitechapel Reserve, near Arrow Junction, where the trust’s holding the first...

Minis go to the max

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Fifty teams of Kiwis, crammed into their Minis, arrived in Queenstown on Tuesday on their way to completing an epic 2350km trip from Paihia to Invercargill. The Pork Pie Charity Run for KidsCan loosely follows the route taken...

Heading for hill

By MATTHEW MCKEW A good sense of direction — or a dog with a nose for it — will be vital for those taking part in Coronet Peak’s Summer Rogaine and Dogaine, in Queenstown tomorrow. Rogaine’s an orienteering event in which...

Windies bump kid triathletes

By PHILIP CHANDLER A huge Central Otago primary school triathlon’s been bumped from Queenstown Events Centre to accommodate the Windies cricket side. The council-owned centre was booked by triathlon organisers about 14 months ago, but they got the squeeze after the...
MOST of us hold strong opinions as to what we want from elected officials, but are they well informed and do we apply enough rigour in our judgement of politicians and how their policies actually deliver on the ideals we hold...

Te reo name for new school

By HUGH COLLINS A new Queenstown school’s been gifted an official te reo name from local iwi. Ngai Tahu’s blessed the 600-pupil Hanley’s Farm school as ‘Te Kura Whakatipu O Kawarau’, which it’ll be officially known as. Te Kura means a place of...

Much-loved character dies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown lost a well-loved character with the passing this month of Warwick Stalker, aged 74. Sociable and generous-hearted, he was the driving force for most of his adult life behind heating, ventilation and air conditioning business, RHE Mechanical...
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...

In the Van-guard

By PHILIP CHANDLER Former local mayor Vanessa van Uden's been among more than 100 volunteers responding to Queenstown's biggest humanitarian crisis. She's part of City Hall's emergency operations centre response team, formed after the Covid-19 lockdown started late March. Every Tuesday and...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH In three weeks, a group of community-minded Queenstowners have raised almost $430,000, sought expressions of interest from frontline charities in need, and granted more than $150,000 to help with the immediate need in the Wakatipu. Well-known Kelvin Heights...
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