Hawaii

By PHILIP CHANDLER Attempting her first half ironman just over two years ago, Queenstowner Fiona Gallagher crashed her bike and broke her collarbone. Undeterred, late last month the 27-year-old convincingly won her age group and was fourth-fastest female amateur in her...

New BJJ hotshot

By GUY WILLIAMS When Brent and Paula Te Kawa put out the feelers for a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) instructor for their new Queenstown academy, they got a flood of high-calibre applicants from overseas. So they were surprised when the strongest application...

A life-defining Japanese link

Adventurer, author, tour operator, pilot, karate instructor, sake maker, marriage celebrant, father/co-manager of a tennis pro. Queenstowner Craig McLachlan, 58, talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his varied life and how it’s been enhanced by his links with Japan Growing up...

Reinventing in the resort

By HUGH COLLINS While most of us were hunkering down during lockdown, one Queenstown native was floating about in the Bahamas. But it was no holiday. Born and raised in the Wakatipu, for the past four years Emily Burns has been living...

Triathlete works up a sweat

A Queenstowner has been baking in a sauna to prepare for the world's premier off-road triathlon. Jason Hall, 24, is tackling the Xterra World Champs in Hawaii this Sunday. He says Hawaii's heat and humidity will be tough. "I've been getting in...
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