Local Life

A selection of the world's best TV and cinema ads will be shown in Queenstown as a unique Rotary Club fundraiser. 'The Night of the AdEaters', a global event that started in France in 1981, screens at the Queenstown Memorial...
The big 5-0 is fast approaching for tourist giant Skyline Queenstown. Pitched as New Zealand's most-visited tourist attraction, it's asking locals to get on board to help it celebrate. The birthday bash includes a 50 Years of Fun campaign that will...
Despite almost 50 years working in the resort, newly-retired Stuart Maclean is best-known for his community roles, whether co-founding Destination Queenstown or pursuing his lifetime passion for motorsport. He talks to Philip Chandler about what's driven him If anyone deserves a break, it's newly-retired Queenstowner...
Celebrated Queenstown artist and author Da'Vella Gore has battled the odds to publish yet another adventure-packed book about her life. She launches This Blessed Artist at her stunning Lake Hayes property today. What she calls "an autobiography of my life as...

Luma lights the way

Queenstown's spectacular Luma Light Festival might expand after a stellar opening year. More than 10,000 people visited the illuminated art installation and sculpture trail in Queenstown Gardens last year. The Luma Light Festival Trust had originally anticipated numbers would grow to...
Queenstown Rotary has handed out a prestigious award to the stalwart of a rival service club. Local Lions Club member and former president Simon Hayes was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship at Rotary's meeting last week, which Lions also attended. The...

Fun day’s serious aim

Queenstown Primary School fundraiser will help pay for specialist teachers. This Sunday's annual fair will be used for a literacy and numeracy programme, buying devices such as computers and used for arts, crafts or music teachers. Parent Teacher Association chair Shelley...

Smooth talkers get gongs

Two motormouth MCs were stopped in their tracks when Queenstown's outgoing mayor invited them to a local cafe early this month. When broadcaster and councillor Craig 'Ferg' Ferguson was asked by Vanessa van Uden to meet her at Bobs Weigh,...

Potato surprise

An Arrowtowner reckons he's harvested one of this spring's earliest crop of spuds in Otago and Southland. Ian Lightfoot, 75, planted six potatoes in his tunnel house on June 15. After carefully tending them – "every time they put their heads...
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