Happiness House

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 One of the most highly-anticipated stores in Queenstown will finally open its doors this month. Bunnings Queenstown’s putting the finishing touches on its $40 million, 8100 square metre building, on the Frankton Flats, after a protracted process spanning three...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Red Cross has appointed its first ‘community activator’ for Queenstown Lakes. The role, embracing both community outreach and welfare, and disaster preparedness, is being filled by Kurt Solomon, who’s been a Red Cross first- aid instructor. Solomon, who’ll continue...

Happiness is a mowed lawn

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's bush telegraph, social media and the intervention of a district councillor mean Happiness House’s lawn-mowing woes are a thing of the past. The community support centre’s rackety old petrol mower died last year, and with two volunteers...

Big heart behind gruff front

One of the few Queenstowners best known by initials, 'BC', aka Bryan Cecil Douglas, died last month after spending his last five-and-a-half years at the local Bupa care home.  PHILIP CHANDLER talks to family members and friends about his...

Going the extra mile

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mountain runner Lewis Latham has a head for heights and a heart for fundraising, The 37-year-old’s training for his first Northburn 100 kilometre run, near Cromwell, on March 20. As a ‘‘training run’’, he’s entered the first 56km...

King Beats ready for a rave

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The only thing he needed was for the Alert Level to come to the party. King Beats organiser Brendan Mulcahy says he’s ‘‘having a nightmare’’ with the Kingston festival, planned for this Saturday, in light of the uncertainty around...

Reidhaven carve-up concerns

By PHILIP CHANDLER Neighbours of an 1866 Arrowtown cottage listed for sale fear a buyer will carve up its heritage orchard for intensive housing. Reidhaven — last occupied by Arrowtown’s last mayor, the late Jack Reid, and previously is father and...

A helping hand

Out-of-town businesses running conferences and events in Queenstown now have a way to meaningfully contribute to the local community. Destination Queenstown, along with its convention bureau, have launched a corporate social responsibility programme called ‘Community Connection’. It introduces 16 established not-for-profits and trusts...

Portrait artist turning heads

One of Australasia’s leading portrait artists, Jane Pestell-Litten, resides in Queenstown. In a sitting with PHILIP CHANDLER, she gives the good oil on what got her into art about 12 years ago, and on her embarrassment at leaving a nude...

Artful shredders

By MATTHEW MCKEW Old snowboards are being given a new lease of life as canvases for artists to get creative with and raise money for charity. For a third year running, NZ Shred has teamed up with the Queenstown Arts Centre...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH An Arrowtown charity's run off its feet right now - but the Wakatipu community's swung in behind to support it. This month a 20-foot storage container, courtesy of AJ Saville Builders, was dropped off on the St John's...
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