Kingston

When the boat came back

By PHILIP CHANDLER After 18 years in Fiordland, a boat built for Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu in 1912 is gracing her home waters again. A classic wooden launch, The Lion was officially relaunched in Kingston last Saturday by local mayor Jim Boult. Then on...
Globetrotting former journalist Emma Hart's come a long way since covering the Ben Smart/Olivia Hope murder trial on TV every night. PHILIP CHANDLER charts her move to Europe and then back again to run cutting-edge stem cell therapy company headquartered in Queenstown's Glenda Drive  A...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A book about Queenstown like no other was one of two launched in town last week by a leading New Zealand photographer. When he moved into a Queenstown Hill home in 2009, Mike Langford vowed to shoot the...
By GUY WILLIAMS A consortium of predator control and conservation groups is working on an ambitious project to eradicate and intensively control predators across a massive swathe of country between Queenstown and Hawea. An independent study it commissioned concludes a 'Southern Lakes...
A Kingston man is gearing up to hop on his bike and ride the length of New Zealand in memory of his sister. Daniel Batchelor, 38, sets off on Tour Aotearoa, an epic 3000km ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff,...

Party with a purpose

The organiser of an annual charity music festival in Kingston's got skin in the game. Queenstown builder Brendan Mulcahy came up with the idea for King Beats Charity Music Festival five years ago, initially intending to just throw a party for...

Mountains no match for runner

Queenstown ultra-runner James Harcombe's motto could be 'climb every mountain'. In what's thought to be a first, the 54-year-old last month conquered every peak on the ridgelines surrounding the Wakatipu Basin in one stretch. He accomplished his lofty goal in 35-and-a-half...
Opponents of access to a major subdivision at Kingston will protest this weekend. The Kingston Subdivision Action Group was formed after Kingston Community Association members learnt Kingston Village Ltd, which is planning a subdivision of 900-plus homes, intends to access...
A volunteer firefighter who deals with some of the district's deadliest crashes is calling for tougher penalties for dangerous drivers. Athol and Garston chief fire officer Rob Durling is responsible for one of the district's most dangerous stretches of highway. His...

Kingston fronts up

Kingston residents are gearing up for a fight over proposed access to a new mega-subdivision. Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposing the use of Kent Street as the accessway to the Kingston Village Limited development. Resource consent's been lodged...

Road safety rumble grumble

About a third of rumble strips installed as part of a $600,000 project on the road to Kingston have been removed after less than six months. NZTA's citing concerns from cyclists as the reason for the removal of the strips,...

Horror crash haunts witness

The truckie who witnessed a horror double-fatal accident near Kingston says the "nightmare" stretch of State Highway 6 is one of New Zealand's most dangerous roads. Gore truck driver Bruce Moffatt's still struggling to come to terms with seeing the...
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