lockdown

By PHILIP CHANDLER In several English children’s books and a kids’ TV series, The Wombles are furry creatures who do good. Similarly, The Wombles Golfing Society’s a Queenstown-based group of roving golfers also doing good — raising $10,000 for the Wakatipu...
By GUY WILLIAMS A special event in Queenstown this Sunday will serve as a ‘‘big hug’’ for the community, and mark a year since the country emerged from the Covid-19 lockdown, its organiser says. Local iwi charitable trust, Mana Tahuna, is...
He’s got to be one to watch. How Queenstown iFLY’s co-owner Matt Wong turned Covid into a positive has intrigued the local tourism industry. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his prior track gallops and how he turned around his...
By MATTHEW MCKEW There's a new experience in Queenstown and it’s a ‘wunderkammer’, or wonder chamber, for observing the natural world. Church Street’s Flora Fauna’s a new gallery/store featuring everything from floristry to taxidermy. Owner Meredith Parkin, a former art teacher, has...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Local knowledge helped disc golfer Mikey Yu win the 26th Queenstown Classic Disc Golf Tournament’s overall title and men’s pro open division by nine strokes last weekend. The 41-year-old, who’s lived in Queenstown for 13 years, lives just seven...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An Anzac Day tradition on Queenstown’s Edith Cavell Bridge, started during lockdown last year, was observed again last Sunday when a local bagpiper honoured the World War I nurse the bridge is named after. During lockdown, Graeme Glass,...
Speaking of mayor Jim Boult, his wife Karen says: ‘‘People know who Jim is, most of them don’t know who I am, really.’’ In an attempt to correct that imbalance, PHILIP CHANDLER talks to mayoress Karen Boult about her life...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The boss of New Zealand’s biggest home-building company believes red tape’s one of the main reasons for ever-escalating housing costs. ‘‘I don’t think anybody has all the solutions,’’ G.J.Gardner Homes chief executive/co-owner Grant Porteous says. But he believes the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A downtown Queenstown hospo operator believes businesses need to work together to survive the downturn. For Perky’s floating bar owner Max Perkins, that means ‘going local’ for his beer and wine. After throwing out a lot of product, 70%...
He came to Queenstown to open the resort’s first ice rink and now, 55 years later, after other stints in the food business and transport industry, Eion Buckley’s retiring — or just about. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Despite spending 10 months locked down in her adopted home of Los Angeles, Broods lead singer Georgia Nott says 2020 was one of her “favourite years’’ yet. ‘‘It was really powerful. ‘‘Not since I came into the music industry have...

A mouse’s tale

By PHILIP CHANDLER For Queenstown muso Gemma Healy, her first children’s book, Bongo The Stowaway Mouse New Zealand, started as a song about Bongo the mouse. In the book, Bongo, having stowed on a plane that lands in NZ, undergoes various...
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