Inside Story

Environmental action group Sustainable Queenstown Charitable Trust's made massive strides in cleaning up the resort since forming earlier this year. Joshua Walton gets the lowdown on its goals from its founder and newly-appointed trustees It all started with a vision...
A Queenstown aircraft accident 51 years ago has inspired a book by the pilot's son, who was astounded by the inadequacies of the official investigation. Philip Chandler captures the book's flavour ahead of its local launch this Sunday. It's April...
It started as a love story, and developed into a successful creative partnership. Visiting artist Kate Agnelli talks to Daisy Hudson about how she and husband Luigi bring their creations to life. It's not every day your work gets shown...
A new book recounts the loss of a Queenstown tourist attraction, a disastrous attempt to dam the Kawarau River to mine gold, and the herculean job of building the original Kawarau Falls Bridge. Philip Chandler reports. Queenstown's Kawarau Falls area...

Getting the hang of Hangzhou

With a population of nine million, Hangzhou is just one of countless, densely-populated Chinese cities. Or is it? Philip Chandler checks out Queenstown's sister city during a recent visit. Pulling up to our Marriott hotel, we spot a Bentley 4x4...

Central Otago in a bottle

International award-winning local winemaker Grant Taylor says: "I just want to put Central Otago in a bottle." Viv Milsom's now put Central Otago vineyards into a book. Philip Chandler distills some of her writings on Gibbston winegrowing. A new book...
It describes itself as one of New Zealand's best small museums, and with good reason. As Lakes District Museum notches up a big birthday, Daisy Hudson talks to those behind the scenes about its colourful history It's been graced by...
A trust's about to be formed to upscale opportunities for local youngsters to learn music. Philip Chandler talks to two women who've battled to run a music school, and a new Queenstowner who's going to be instrumental in turning...

Kiwi women led the world

This week people around the country celebrated Suffrage Day. Daisy Hudson talks to two Queenstown councillors about how far we've come, and how far we have to go. It's something many of us likely take for granted, but 125 years...

Saturated wine tour market

It seems every month a new Queenstown wine tour gets cracking. Philip Chandler asks three newish companies how they stand out in one of the resort's most competitive business sectors, and gets winery owner's point of view. You may have...
Four years of planning, appeals, hearings and zone changes have come to fruition for Millbrook Resort. Philip Chandler looks at how the golf course resort is expanding westwards into a neighbouring farm. Millbrook development boss Ben O'Malley quips that golfers...
Alanna Columb's recovery from a life-threatening mountain bike crash has been miraculous and inspirational. The champion Queenstown sportswoman talks to Philip Chandler about her past six months and plans to go riding again Former New Zealand downhill mountain bike champion...
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