Frankton

Businesses defy downturn

By PHILIP CHANDLER WHAT downturn? Despite Covid-19 border closures causing business carnage, five operators - an art gallery, a car dealership and three hospo companies managed to open new outlets between last Friday and Monday. After fashion store World closed in Church...
A likeable, quick-witted, occasionally out-landish long-time local, spiky-haired Grant Stewart's best known for his former broad-casting career. He's also an experienced pilot who's returning to the air now his job's been disestablished. PHILIP CHANDLER looks at the 58-year-old's varied career  If anyone typifies...

A soldier’s century

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Alex McBurney has been to war, raised a family, and lived the Kiwi good life even shaken hands with royalty. The oldest World War II veteran living in the Wakatipu, he turned 100 on Saturday. Still living in...
By GUY WILLIAMS The transformation of the Frankton Motor Camp into a camping-only facility has been delayed by ... you guessed it, Covid-19. Work to clear the old cabins and caravans from the lakeside land began in March, before the lockdown began,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown landlord and his tenants are urging locals to patronise, and help save, the CBD. In recent years, many residents have bypassed central Queenstown in favour of Frankton, citing traffic congestion or lack of parking. Now pharmacy building...

Fine for Kmart cock-up

By GUY WILLIAMS A former Dominion Constructors employee is facing a $38,000 fine after "taking the rap" for the cutting of steel reinforcing bars during the construction of Queenstown's Kmart building. Jason Buehler, who's now living in Canada, was to have been...

Uplifting Fijian women

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Bring out your bras. Tori Keating, above left, and Niki Davies, of xtravel, want Queenstown women to clean out their top drawers and donate any unwanted support garments for the 'Uplift Project'/ The pair started collecting bras just before...

Closing the loop

By GUY WILLIAMS Work on major extensions to the Queenstown Trail connecting Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown could begin this summer. After two years of work talking to landowners and lining up funding, the Queenstown Trails Trust has applied for...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hotels in Queenstown may be needed for makeshift hospital wards should an outbreak of Covid-19 become widespread, a doctor's warning. Dr Sam Hazledine, of locally-based recruitment agency MedWorld, is working with the Ministry of Health to pull retired...

Colourful Italian import

Queenstown continues to attract its share of multi-millionaire entrepreneurs.  One such is Italian Mauro Balzarini, who was formerly Australia's largest livestock exporter.  He's now helping his wife run a new pizza and pasta place, which PHILIP CHANDLER visited last...

New wheeler dealers

By PHILIP CHANDLER Lamenting the lack of local services for motorcycle owners, a Queenstown couple has ridden to the rescue. Rebecca and Michael McKee this month opened Remarkable Motorcycles on Frankton's Glenda Drive, with two-wheeled enthusiasts flocking to check out the new...

Life’s a picnic

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Rotarians have created a picnic/viewing area along the 3.2km Tucker Beach Trail they gifted to the community in 2018. For about $1200 they've installed a BBQ table and bench seat. Kerry Dunlop, who conceived the trail and chaired...
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