Glenorchy

Thirty-five years ago, beanpole broadcaster, Chas Drader, came to Queenstown where he made a name for himself for his "slightly off-the-wall" community radio station, Q92FM. Following his passing on June 18, PHILIP CHANDLER looks back at his life and passion for broadcasting Fifty-nine  years...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Glenorchy developer's forging ahead with plans to resurrect the town's same site as the original Mount Earnslaw Hotel once stood. Douglas Rikard-Bell applied for consent late last year after his company, Blackthorn Ltd, bought the vacant 8079 square...
By GUY WILLIAMS A consortium of predator control and conservation groups is working on an ambitious project to eradicate and intensively control predators across a massive swathe of country between Queenstown and Hawea. An independent study it commissioned concludes a 'Southern Lakes...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner gearing up to organise his sixth biennial Tour of New Zealand cycle race next April is just grateful he "skipped the right year" due to the current event-restricting Covid-19 pandemic. Peter Yarrell has opened entries to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The couple who made Queenstown's Shotover Jet world-famous are devastated owner Ngai Tahu Tourism's bailing out. The big corporate last week announced it's closing its tourism businesses, including Shotover Jet and Glenorchy's Dart River Jet, "for the time being",...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A six-part $7 million crime drama shot in Queenstown over three months late last year premieres on TVNZ 1 next Monday. One Lane Bridge is produced by Great Southern Television, whose local boss and part-owner Philip Smith has...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite ‘sadness that his parish churches, like all others, are closed during this most important week in the Christian calendar, a Queenstown minister says his congregation's never been more connected. Anglican vicar Reverend Dr David Wright notes that...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Glenorchy showjumping rider Grace Percy should be forever grateful she managed to fit in her finest sporting moment just before the Covid-19 pandemic killed off all events. Three weekends ago, the 23-year-old, riding her chestnut gelding Kiwi Spirit, won...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It took three days to shoot just over three minutes of footage, but in some ways Molly Devine's latest music video's been a lifetime in the making. The born-and-bred Queenstowner hired renowned director Shae Sterling to work with...

Q’town character dies

Queenstown's lost one of its characters. Lifelong local Peter Fleming, who died from a heart attack, aged 68, on December 28, stood out not only for his prominent moustache and stature, but for his strong, even vehement, opinions on both local...
A unique wooden outpost, depicting the history of Kinloch, near Glenorchy, has been unveiled. The museum outpost, the first of several planned at the head of the lake, is the idea of the Glenorchy Heritage and Museum Group, which is...

Bogs moved after outcry

Portaloos have been causing a stink in Glenorchy. The community at the head of the lake contacted Mountain Scene this week, peed off about where a City Hall contractor plopped the eight toilets - four right in front of the...
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