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By TRACEY ROXBURGH After Covid decimated its ranks, the Whakatipu women’s rugby team’s looking to make a comeback. Coach Grant Scannell says the ramifications of the global pandemic on the ladies — many of whom were made redundant and forced to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A renowned Kiwi singer-songwriter, currently stranded in Queenstown, is giving young local songwriting talent a stage tomorrow. As part of her ‘Valentine’s Day Show’ at Queenstown’s Thomas Brown Gallery, Jackie Bristow’s introducing ‘Jackie B and the Mini Band’. They’re...

Riding high on Teddy

By PHILIP CHANDLER After debilitating illness, star Queenstown showjumper Olivia Robertson has got back on her horse to produce an amazing run of results. Over the past month she and Dutch-bred chestnut Teddy — show name, Grandaire — have won all...
It has been an extraordinary year, and what better time to enter politics. In my case I decided to throw my hat into the ring due to my experiences as a kid in 1980s New Zealand during very difficult economic...
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 Playing for your captain takes on a new dimension for the Arrowtown rugby side’s crunch home game against Upper Clutha today. That’s because Malcolm Sutherland, who’s in sole charge this year after being co-captain last season, brings up his...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Having defended The Cup by drawing with Arrowtown, the Wakatipu Premiers this Saturday get a chance to claim one of New Zealand's oldest rugby trophies. They'll travel through the Kawarau Gorge to take on old foes - the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It was Queenstown's most-anticipated residential property auction. With the resort's tourism economy having been hammered by Covid-19 restrictions, Bayleys Queenstown's mega-auction on May 29 - the first major one since the crisis hit - was seen as a...

Resort loses man of mana

By PHILIP CHANDLER A charismatic Queenstown community stalwart who died on Sunday is being remembered as big-hearted, inspirational and fun-loving. And also for his pioneering role in introducing foreign players into Japanese rugby. Merv Aoake passed away, after a short battle with...

Horror crash haunts witness

The truckie who witnessed a horror double-fatal accident near Kingston says the "nightmare" stretch of State Highway 6 is one of New Zealand's most dangerous roads. Gore truck driver Bruce Moffatt's still struggling to come to terms with seeing the...
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