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It’s almost 40 years since The Exponents started taking New Zealand by storm with hits like Victoria and Why Does Love Do This To Me?  Original bassist, 58-year-old Dave Gent, talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about the band and how he got...

Plucking a rare violin

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's Turn Up the Music school has been gifted a rare German-made violin thought to date from the late 1800s. Auckland-based Natasha Beckman, who handed it over month, says it was played by her Wellington-based great-grandmother in the...
You could say Jim Burns’ career spanned both political roles, in Parliament, and politically incorrect ones, in the tobacco industry. The Queenstown retiree talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about Jim Bolger, pipe smoking and where he thinks the council chambers...
Globetrotting former journalist Emma Hart's come a long way since covering the Ben Smart/Olivia Hope murder trial on TV every night. PHILIP CHANDLER charts her move to Europe and then back again to run cutting-edge stem cell therapy company headquartered in Queenstown's Glenda Drive  A...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH One hundred women will unite in Queenstown this year to give a game-changing $100,000 grant to one local charity or not-for-profit group. Impact100, the brainchild of American Wendy Steele, sees 100 women each donate $1000 to the main...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A six-part $7 million crime drama shot in Queenstown over three months late last year premieres on TVNZ 1 next Monday. One Lane Bridge is produced by Great Southern Television, whose local boss and part-owner Philip Smith has...
By MIRANDA COOK Stand-up comedian Jack Ansett makes a living taking “the piss” out of everyday life, but you might know him more famously from a 2017 KFC ad. Ansett says: "I played Background Nerd Four, and people used to know me...
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