lockdown

Lime’s two-year squeeze

By GUY WILLIAMS Downtown construction work means a six-month trial of Lime scooters in Queenstown could be two years away. A year after entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Lime on the trial — provoking an overwhelmingly negative response...
By GUY WILLIAMS A social enterprise born out of the Covid lockdown made its first charitable donation last Wednesday. Less than two months after it launched, Kiwi Welcome distributed $250 to the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. Founder Sam Brough hopes it’s the first...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown architect’s proposing a unique piece of temporary public art to mark Covid-19’s dramatic impact on the resort. Phillip Tytler’s ‘Covid-19 Pavilion’ would be four-dimensional — the fourth dimension refers to it moving and changing shape in...

United we stand

COMMUNITY. In March, as this town, and our country, went into lockdown and the reality and ramifications of Covid-19 on the Whakatipu started to hit home, Mountain Scene published a message on our front page, reminding us all our community...
Darren Lovell’s ‘Your Word’ piece (MS, Nov 26) sure created a stir. Darren raised a valid concern about the future of our town, and indeed the wider district, if we don’t get any international visitors back soon. Some of the responses...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Teaching by Skype or Zoom became all the rage during lockdown this year. But for a Queenstown-based piano and vocal teacher, eight of whose local students perform in a recital this Sunday, that’s old hat. Chaz Barcenilla moved permanently...

Firey’s March climb

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown firefighter who’s participated in firefighters’ stair climbs around the world is starting one in his backyard. Frankton station officer Jamie Harris is hosting a Queenstown Hill climb, ‘March March’, on March 27. It’s aimed at firefighters and...

Teaching the gift of kindness

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It took peer support and turned it on its head. In the wake of Covid-19, Queenstown Primary School team leader Julie Walker thought it might be beneficial to teach almost 150 of her Year 3 and 4 charges...

Needs fund tops $1m

By TRACEY ROXBURGH In just over six months more than $1 million has been raised for the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Established by Queenstown’s fundraising queen Kaye Parker during Alert Level 4 lockdown to provide financial support to front-line charities in...
One of Queenstown’s biggest corporate hotshots says his biggest annoyance is people assuming he moved here to retire. Roger Sharp talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why he moved to the resort, how Covid-19’s caused him to be very busy...

Labour Party’s art cash-grab

By PHILIP CHANDLER Two portraits of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are among artworks up for auction at a Southland Labour Party fundraiser at Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on Friday. Organiser Amanda Robinson, who confirms the PM’s been invited, says the ‘Paint The...

Tech turbo-charges team

By PHILIP CHANDLER The new boss of a 25-year-old Queenstown real estate business believes its early adoption of technology has paid off in these Covid-affected times. Harcourts Queenstown managing director Warwick Osborne, who’s taken over following Kelvin Collins’ retirement, says the...
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