Lakes District Museum

By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtowners are seeing red over new speed signs outside the town’s historic miners’ cottages. Queenstown’s council originally installed large blue, red and white 30km signs in Buckingham Street in late August after resolving to reduce the town centre’s...

Portrait artist turning heads

One of Australasia’s leading portrait artists, Jane Pestell-Litten, resides in Queenstown. In a sitting with PHILIP CHANDLER, she gives the good oil on what got her into art about 12 years ago, and on her embarrassment at leaving a nude...

Stamp of approval

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local sculptor Shane Woolridge is putting a stamp on his work to raise money for Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum quake-strengthening project. In collaboration with New Zealand Post, he’s producing 10 stamps featuring different sculptures he’s created over the past...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The government's come to the party to help save Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum. Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced $2 million, from a $3 billion pot set aside in Budget for infrastructure, will be heading to the museum...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH City Hall's stepped up to help save Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum. At its full meeting on Thursday, council agreed to a loan-funded grant of $1.04 million, excluding GST, to go towards the district museum's $3.5m earthquake-strengthening project. Director David...
By HUGH COLLINS Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum won't be getting a dollar from the government's 'shovel-ready' fund. But, its fight for survival is far from over. Museum director David Clarke says the staff heard last Thursday the application to central government for money...
By HUGH COLLINS Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum is waiting with bated breath for the outcome of two applications it's made to fund critical earthquake-strengthening work for its original historic building. Well before the Covid-19 lockdown the museum's former Bank of New...

Museum in peril

Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum could be history if a "daunting" $3.5 million isn't stumped up for earthquake-strengthening and restoration work. The museum's former Bank of New Zealand building and stables, both built in 1875, which house many of its displays,...
Red tape has spelled the end of a major fundraiser for an historic Arrowtown building. For the first time in more than 15 years, the Arrowtown Post Office Market was not held at the end of last year. That's because the...
Well-known local and former district councillor John Wilson was farewelled in Arrowtown yesterday. Wilson died on November 19, aged 70, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. A long-time Arrowtown ward councillor, Wilson had a particular interest in conservation and local...

Museum’s shake-up

Arrowtown's multi-million dollar museum strengthening and revamp project is a step closer to reality. Lakes District Museum's old BNZ bank building was identified as potentially earthquake-prone in November 2018. A resource consent application has been submitted to bring it up to...
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...
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