Frankton

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's last special housing area (SHA), Coneburn, has finally got the go-ahead for a site north of Hanley’s Farm. It’ll be developed on a 48-hectare site now being used for grazing, and will have 526 sections — mainly in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER If anyone knows how hard Queenstown’s retail scene is, not least this year, it’s local couple Judy and John Knight, who this week mark 25 years in business. They’ve had Outside Sports — specialising in ski, hike, bike and...

Mystery Shotover gondola

By MATTHEW MCKEW Another gondola, this one running parallel to Shotover Bridge, and a new hospital, are two new ideas contained in the Frankton Masterplan discussed yesterday by City Hall. Released on Monday, the document details a council spend of $83...

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...

Young iwi rep building bridges

Born-and-bred Queenstowner Mike Rewi’s fitting of the ‘renaissance man’ label. A long- time Wakatipu Prems rugby winger, he’s dabbled in a music career, but he tells HUGH COLLINS he now spends as much time as he can volunteering with his iwi,...
By GUY WILLIAMS After an eight-month hiatus, the Wakatipu Toy Library’s back up and running in a prime Frankton location. Chairwoman Sarah Fredric says the library lost its home of 17 years, at Queenstown’s former campground store at Lakeview, when it had...

Couple’s venture sure to rise

By MATTHEW MCKEW Covid's left a sour taste in the mouths of many, but for the European Bakery, lockdown whetted the appetite for expansion. Loved by many for their range of sourdoughs, the husband-and-wife-owned bakery opened their first shop in Frankton...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Airport’s got the third-best approach view in Australasia, according to PrivateFly. The Frankton airport’s been named behind Bora Bora (Motu Mute) Airport in French Polynesia and Nadi International Airport, in Fiji, in the 2020 Scenic Airport Poll. In New...

First sailing scholar named

By MATTHEW MCKEW The voyage of a lifetime awaits a Wakatipu High School student thanks to a Queenstown construction firm. Zoe Crawford’s been selected for a Spirit of Adventure 10-day development trip, which will see her join up with 39 other...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's centenarian, the remarkable Alex McBurney, was farewelled by 250 people in Invercargill on Monday. The oldest World War II veteran living in the Wakatipu, Alex turned 100 on June 20, celebrating the milestone with his family, including...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hercules military aircraft can land on Ladies Mile highway in times of emergency, campaigners for the closure of Queenstown Airport say. FlightPlan2050 is urging City Hall to include a setback from the state highway in the masterplan for...
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,...
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