Japan

By PHILIP CHANDLER The driving force behind Arrowtown's Millbrook Resort was recognised during the recent New Zealand Open prizegiving at the golf course's 18th hole. The winning amateur in the pro-am was presented with a replica of a trophy created to...

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...
On Sunday evenings, dozens of worshippers gather for mass at St Andrew's Church, but it's not a service in English they've come for.  Brazilian-born minister Clay Peterson de Oliveira talks to LUISA GIRAO about his life in Queenstown and...
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...

Japan’s yen for Ben

In a career-defining move, Queenstown tennis pro Ben McLachlan has been chosen to play Davis Cup – for Japan. Though a New Zealander, the 25-year-old doubles specialist's mother Yuriko is Japanese, and he holds a Japanese passport. With a current doubles...
Queenstown pro golfer Ben Campbell heads to Japan next Saturday as a reward for his stellar finish at March's New Zealand Open. The former world no.6 amateur turned heads at the Open when he shot an opening-round course record 61 at Arrowtown's...
A Queenstown company's won international recognition for producing some of the best sake outside the beverage's traditional home of Japan. Zenkuro Sake – New Zealand's only sake brewer – won gold for its drip-pressed shizuku shibori style sake and silver...
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