Kingston

King Beats ready for a rave

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The only thing he needed was for the Alert Level to come to the party. King Beats organiser Brendan Mulcahy says he’s ‘‘having a nightmare’’ with the Kingston festival, planned for this Saturday, in light of the uncertainty around...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Just over a year after switching from banking to business, Queenstowner Donna Harpur-Swain’s become ABC Business Sale’s new Central Otago business partner. Harpur-Swain made the move from ASB, where she’d been for 25 years — most recently as...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A new exhibition putting the Queenstown Lakes’ early history under the spotlight’s providing a fascinating insight into how early surveyors saw the area developing. ‘Foundations’ is on display at Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum and features detailed early survey...

Tourism worker scheme ends

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Tourism Workforce Alliance has reached the end of the road, with no immediate prospect of more work in the offing. Since June, the group involved about 50 tourism workers, who had lost their jobs or were on...
Tori Keating’s got 99 things to do before she’s 50 — and while learning to meditate’s one of them, she can’t stop long enough to do it. The Kingston resident talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about why she still feels lazy Someone,...

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...
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