Lakes District Museum

All that jazz

By GUY WILLIAMS The Queenstown Jazz Orchestra’s concert in the resort this Saturday will showcase the skills of both New Zealand’s biggest jazz star and one of its rising talents. The 16-piece big band, which already features the region's best jazz...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A former Arrowtowner who died last month, at 83, is being remembered as a jovial, community-minded character, retailer, vintage car restorer and devoted family man. Married to Rosemary for 59 years, Colin Jack, who latterly lived in North...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A renowned Kiwi singer-songwriter, currently stranded in Queenstown, is giving young local songwriting talent a stage tomorrow. As part of her ‘Valentine’s Day Show’ at Queenstown’s Thomas Brown Gallery, Jackie Bristow’s introducing ‘Jackie B and the Mini Band’. They’re...

Little art, big success

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Proving size doesn’t count, a ‘‘small art’’ exhibition which opened just before Christmas raised more than $16,300 for the Lakes District Museum through sales. Organised by the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society (ACAS), the exhibition featured 139 works, all...
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...

A’town home away from home

By PHILIP CHANDLER A community facility/workshop mainly pitched at retired men will be officially opened at the Arrowtown campground tomorrow. Arrowtown Menzshed — a 66 square metre structure off Preston Drive — is part of a national movement of 100-plus Menzsheds. It’s...

It’s go time

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Two of Arrowtown’s most iconic buildings are going under cover. Next week work will start on the Lakes District Museum’s massive seismic-strengthening project — the last bit of funding needed came from the Central Lakes Trust by way...
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...
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