Geoff Owen

Safety concerns are being raised about Tom Cruise's film crew shooting a helicopter chase for Mission: Impossible 6 near Queenstown. QT Photo Tours owner Blair Pattinson witnessed manoeuvres by three helicopters over and under the Skippers Canyon Bridge for about...

Neighbours not happy

Queenstown’s Department of Conservation operations manager has admitted there are challenges around managing a popular reserve in the resort. Speaking at a public meeting on Monday night Geoff Owen addressed residents and users of Tucker Beach just off State Highway...

Nature under pressure

A huge hike in trampers is putting pressure on the country's Great Walks, including the Routeburn Track, near Queenstown. Department of Conservation figures show paid users on the Routeburn jumped from 10,946 during the 2010-2011 season to 16,030 for the...
Working for City Hall can be a really shitty job – literally. Queenstown council's parks boss Clare Tomkins says her team come across human poo almost daily. "This season it hasn't been as bad as previous years – we think that...

Stalkers in casualty hunt call

A dead deer has been found by a hunter following a 1080 poison drop in the Dart, Routeburn and Caples Valleys. It has prompted Southern Lakes New Zealand Deerstalkers Association to hold a grid search tomorrow to do a death...

Poison pills

A 1080 drop in top of the lake mountain valleys has been dubbed a "necessary evil" by Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park. The Department of Conservation op took in 19,500ha of public conservation land last Friday. Birdlife park manager Paul Kavanagh says...
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