Frankton

By PHILIP CHANDLER Guess who came to dinner? When popular Arrowtown Indian restaurant Mantra reopened late last month, its first customers were well-known former regulars Christine Lady Hill and her hubby Sir Michael Hill. They’re pictured with new owner Saroj Kumar, who...

Men’s drop-in space

By PHILIP CHANDLER A men's drop-in centre is starting up in Queenstown. Starting this week, it’ll run every Tuesday, 4pm till 9pm, in the family room of Frankton’s Joe’s Garage cafe until at least the end of the year. Queenstowner Matthew Hawke, who runs a men’s support group, has had the idea in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowners are invited to welcome the nationwide ‘Poppy and Star Flight’ fundraising project during its stopoff at the local Abbeyfield complex tomorrow. Two giant pieces of knitted artwork featuring poppies and stars are being flown around New Zealand...
THERE are many wonderful things being built in Queenstown at the moment. Many houses, of course, but also commercial spaces, hotels, tourism facilities and more. All of it will be here to enjoy for years to come and should be celebrated...
By GUY WILLIAMS The Wakatipu Rugby Club expects a ‘‘readymade replacement’’ for its Queenstown CBD clubrooms should they get bowled to make way for the second stage of an arterial bypass road. In a submission to an Environmental Protection Agency consenting...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In a Queenstown CBD increasingly riddled with empty premises, that won’t be a problem when the redeveloped O’Connells building opens next year. In a major coup, landlord Skyline Enterprises has leased two retail floors to one tenant. That is...
By GUY WILLIAMS The backers of a major extension to the Queenstown Trail have finally got a date to argue their case before council-appointed commissioners. The Queenstown Trails Trust’s plan to build cycling routes between Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH and PHILIP CHANDLER Could a conference centre finally be on the way for Queenstown? Mountain Scene understands the government is at least considering investing in Remarkables Park Ltd’s long-mooted multi-million dollar conference centre at Frankton. RPL director Alastair Porter...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Stroke Foundation health promoter Cath Moser’s pictured outside the ‘Big Blood Pressure Check Van’, which will be in Queenstown and Wanaka tomorrow providing free blood pressure checks. The initiative’s part of the foundation’s effort to ensure Kiwis have...
Dengue fever’s a potentially fatal virus found in tropical countries. Papaya’s a fruit plant grown in the tropics. Ex-Queenstowner Raymond Young tells PHILIP CHANDLER how he’s using leaf extracts from the latter to help combat the former A Japan-based entrepreneur...

Sobering survey

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Almost a third of Queenstown CBD businesses don’t expect to survive till winter, a new survey shows. Last month’s Queenstown Chamber of Commerce-led business confidence survey attracted 241 responses from Whakatipu businesses — 187 of those in or...

Club jumping for joy

By GUY WILLIAMS The Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s world-renowned Gorge Road jump park will be  replaced by a new park on Queenstown Hill. Queenstown’s council has cleared the red tape on the long-running project, approving an ‘outline plan of works’ for...
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