Mark Wilson

Going for it

By GUY WILLIAMS A band of talented youngsters who live with Tourette Syndrome are the headline act at a unique concert in Arrowtown tomorrow afternoon. The free ‘Neuro-Cool Music Concert’ at Arrowtown’s Athenaeum Hall features The Lunatics, a five-piece group of...
A lot can change in 12 months, but one thing remains the same; we seem to have been left to fend for ourselves. It’s hard not to feel forgotten as many parts of New Zealand carry on almost oblivious to Covid-19’s...
MOST of us hold strong opinions as to what we want from elected officials, but are they well informed and do we apply enough rigour in our judgement of politicians and how their policies actually deliver on the ideals we hold...

Gigs galore for a good cause

By PHILIP CHANDLER A mini music festival’s running throughout the Wakatipu next week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. Creative Queenstown’s presenting nine performances under the banner, ‘Listen Up, Wakatipu!’, featuring the cream of local entertainers. Starting this coming Monday, the likes of...

Reinventing in the resort

By HUGH COLLINS While most of us were hunkering down during lockdown, one Queenstown native was floating about in the Bahamas. But it was no holiday. Born and raised in the Wakatipu, for the past four years Emily Burns has been living...
OPINION: Queenstown's  council has hypocritically pushed its way on to the overcrowded virtue express train 5 with its recent declaration of a climate emergency. Not only have councillors misinterpreted what an emergency is, they have distracted from urgent local issues...
Opinion: Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson once said: "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." The point he makes is neither truth nor science gives two shits about my or your...
We are a generous lot down here in the Southern Lakes, especially when it comes to Auckland and the government. We are a great host and the holiday destination of choice for many from our biggest city, we keep the...
OPINION: Congratulations to Labour and the Greens for wooing Winston and forming a new government. I'm picking the yoga lessons taken in opposition helped keep your hamstrings flexible enough to accommodate the bending required to meet Winston's demands? While myself and...
I love the great outdoors, I've grown up immersed in what it has to offer and care greatly about its future and making sure the next generation is lucky enough to enjoy the scenic wonder and recreational pursuits that...

Resort pair in Nats bid

Former Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden wants to take disgraced local MP Todd Barclay's job. She and ex-Queenstown councillor Craig Allan are believed to be among nine would-be National Party candidates for Clutha-Southland in the upcoming election. Despite National MP Barclay's...
Survivors of a voyage from Dunedin to London, conducted under the guise of beer promotion, gathered recently in Queenstown. While here they discussed their memorable experiences over a Speight's or two with Philip Chandler Yarns and, appropriately, beers flowed at a recent 10-year reunion...
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