Glenorchy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH There's been no training, there’s not an official coach, and half the side are ring-ins, but the Lakeside Rugby Club’s still in it to win it this weekend in its first game in about seven years. Club secretary...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Covid's knocked Queenstown tourism for a six but fuelled a boom in the high-end residential property market. In a trend that’s taken many agents by surprise, this market — we’re talking $4 million-plus deals — has become more...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu Anglers Club’s annual beginners’ course is a ‘‘gateway drug’’ for the sport of flyfishing, a club member says. Club vice-president Mike McCann says many of those who’ve done the all-day course have gone on to join the...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu's wilding warriors have received a major funding windfall, but still have a battle on their hands, they say. The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group’s budget for the current financial year is more than $5 million — a...

Flood resilience work underway

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While Otago Regional Council’s started ‘‘flood resilience’’ work in Glenorchy, the town’s community association chair says there’s more to be done. ORC’s carrying out vegetation clearance and channel realignment to improve drainage from Lagoon Creek and the Rees...

Hope held till the end

By PHILIP CHANDLER A remarkable Queenstowner has died in his native Czech Republic, aged only 34, just four months after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Jacob Macak told he'd developed deep vein thrombosis after flying back from Europe given six...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A company about to prefabricate timber buildings using world-leading German technology arose from a chance meeting between neighbours at Queenstown's Jack's Point. About three years ago, Tristan Franklin, who has a management/governance background, found out his new neighbour,...
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",...
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