Lake Hayes Estate

By MATTHEW MCKEW Limited opportunities for tour bus drivers could prove just the ticket for Orbus contractor Ritchies. Although fully staffed right now, there’s been a history of driver shortages for the $2 flat-fare public service across the Whakatipu basin. In 2019,...
By GUY WILLIAMS A masterplanned 12-section residential subdivision proposed for a Ladies Mile site has received a unanimous thumbs-down from affected parties. The unnamed proposal was lodged by Queenstown Commercial Ltd in October for the roughly one-hectare site, which backs on...

Privacy fears

By MATTHEW MCKEW Concerned Lake Hayes Estate residents fear disruption and an end to privacy if a proposed new road into the Queenstown suburb goes ahead. The route’s appeared in all three City Hall draft masterplans for developing Ladies Mile, north...

Flowering square

By GUY WILLIAMS Lake Hayes Estate’s Nerin Square could turn yellow each spring if a bold fundraising plan wins public support. The Queenstown suburb’s community association is hoping to crowdfund $32,000, half of which would pay for thousands of daffodil bulbs,...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A suburban talent show’s raised more than $2500 for a Lake Hayes Estate community defibrillator. The Hayes’ talent show featured everything from rappers to dancers, and a 14-year-old who sang an Adele song and ‘‘gave us all goose...

Mystery Shotover gondola

By MATTHEW MCKEW Another gondola, this one running parallel to Shotover Bridge, and a new hospital, are two new ideas contained in the Frankton Masterplan discussed yesterday by City Hall. Released on Monday, the document details a council spend of $83...

Trail on track

By GUY WILLIAMS Tourism workers are getting stuck into building a new mountain bike trail near Lakes Hayes Estate. The 1.2km loop track, the brainchild of Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association committee members Debbie Townsend and Jenny Carter,...

Gigs galore for a good cause

By PHILIP CHANDLER A mini music festival’s running throughout the Wakatipu next week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. Creative Queenstown’s presenting nine performances under the banner, ‘Listen Up, Wakatipu!’, featuring the cream of local entertainers. Starting this coming Monday, the likes of...

Back-cracker’s ACC deceit

By GUY WILLIAMS A chiropractor who defrauded ACC of more than $130,000 is serving out a community detention sentence in Arrowtown. Matthew Richard Cochrane was convicted in the Auckland District Court in July after admitting eight charges of dishonestly using a document...

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...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Plans to increase housing in Ladies Mile and Frankton by up to 4000 units rely on Kiwis ditching cars in favour of bus and ferry networks. That’s according to the growing list of consultant-produced and council-commissioned plans for...
By MATTHEW MCKEW TOURISM workers are beavering away on three pilots projects that could be the prelude to a new dawn for Queenstown employment. Workers from AJ Hackett Bungy, Go Orange, Canyon Swing, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Skyline and more have been...
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