givealittle

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown mountain runner’s determination to both train hard and fundraise furiously ahead of Cromwell’s Northburn ultrarun has paid off. Through a Givealittle page, support from friends, family and his employer, Queenstown Country Club, and even a cake...
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...

Further history uncovered

By PHILIP CHANDLER A former Arrowtowner claims she’s now found the stone ruins of an entire goldmining settlement above the Arrow River. Tauranga-based Jan Morrison’s on a mission to restore Cooper’s Terrace, a kilometre from Arrowtown, to how it looked in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Shiver me timbers, he did it. Queenstowner Paddy Turnhout celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday night by spending 23 minutes in an ice bath, where the water ranged in temperature from just 3.9degC to 4.5degC. At the same time...

A novel challenge

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Christchurch man with a kidney disorder e-scooters into Queenstown today near the end of a 14-day, 1400km challenge. Eugene Sanders is riding from Picton to Bluff to raise awareness of kidney disease and fundraise for Kidney Health New...

Ready to chill

By PHILIP CHANDLER If the idea of 60 seconds in an ice bath gives you cold shivers, how about 23 minutes? This coming Monday, March 1, Queenstown personal trainer Paddy Turnhout — wearing just his togs — is going to spend...

Clint’s big strides

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's defied cancer to notch up an impressive sporting record. Clint Williams, 34, has already endured two brain surgeries for cancerous tumours. However, between times he’s run marathons and half marathons — he’s running the half marathon version...

Flowering square

By GUY WILLIAMS Lake Hayes Estate’s Nerin Square could turn yellow each spring if a bold fundraising plan wins public support. The Queenstown suburb’s community association is hoping to crowdfund $32,000, half of which would pay for thousands of daffodil bulbs,...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown pro mountain biker Eddie Masters and three fellow pros are running half marathons in their quarantine hotel rooms tomorrow in a bid to crowd-fund $15,000 for Christchurch’s Burwood Spinal Unit and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The 31-year-old downhill...

Lake swimmers lapping it up

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown-based Southern Lakes Swimming Club’s (SLSC) getting a pool of swimmers together for a 24-hour fundraiser for St John. It’s set the ambitious goal of collectively completing 10,000 lengths — or 250 kilometres — of the Alpine Aqualand...
By MATTHEW MCKEW AN overwhelming community response's helping to lift the spirits of a popular Finnish bartender left blind in one eye by a stroke. Essi Lehtonen's been part of the Frankton Arm Tavern team for three years, having moved to Queenstown...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ten years to the day of welcoming their first charges, the Arrowtown Preschool team's looking to expand. The Cotter Avenue site marked its milestone birthday on Tuesday, having been built to try to take some of the pressure...
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