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NZ call-up for young hotshot

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown Rovers’ stand-out midfielder’s heading to the Junior All Whites training camp to stake his place in their World Cup qualifier squad. Young gun Willem Ebbinge, 19, has been an ever-present threat this season and his hard work’s paid off...

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...

‘Not for novices’

QUEENSTOWN’S mayor and other prominent locals hope the resort’s next Member of Parliament gets swiftly up to speed with its pressing issues. Mayor Jim Boult says first-term National MP Hamish Walker, who resigned last week after leaking confidential details of Covid-19...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH HE was gone by lunchtime. Hamish Walker becomes the second Clutha-Southland MP to resign before the next election from what is, arguably, one of the safest blue seats in the country. His predecessor Todd Barclay was rolled in 2017...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A young Auckland entrepreneur's undaunted about buying a Queenstown motel property during the tourism-crippling Covid-19 lockdown. Satyan Mehra and a friend have acquired Queenstown Motel Apartments, on Frankton Road, from local couple Dianne and Peter Smith, who'd had...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A TV doco this Easter Sunday depicts a fundraising climb of Africa's most famous mountain to mark a Queenstown-based charity's 15th anniversary. In Mountain of Hope - screening on TVNZ 1 at 8.15am and TVNZ 1+1 at 9.30am...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Kiwi cricketing legend Sir Richard Hadlee's putting his spin on the 'mind over matter' theme for Queenstown Chamber of Commerce's (COC) annual Banter' forum this Thursday. In the run-up to the event, at Gibbston's The Winehouse, Mountain Scene...

Law leader’s cup dreams

For the players in this New Zealand team, making an appeal comes naturally. The national lawyers' cricket team, led by a Queenstowner, has just taken part in the Lawyers' Cricket World Cup in Hamilton, ending on January 9. AWS Legal's Scott...
Amazingly, in the so-called adventure capital of the world, two of the most adventurous locals are over 70 years old. Philip Chandler talks to Diana and Dick Hubbard about their latest 34,000km motorcycle ride, and learns how they almost...

Indian slump

Queenstown's valuable Indian tourism market's been hit by delays in Immigration New Zealand processing visitor visas. Visitor numbers and spending from the world's second largest population had been steadily growing in recent years, however holiday arrivals into NZ dropped 11.3...
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