Mark Wilson

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...
Queenstowner Mark Wilson is singing off a new hymn sheet – his own. The talented local singer and pianist is working on his second album Branching Out In Faith. He’s been creating a bunch of new material which he’ll share at...
OPINION: I was too young to enjoy John Clarke, aka Fred Dagg, in his heyday but like many Kiwis I've always felt a strong connection to his message. I'm not afraid of a bit of travel – I recently had...
Talented Queenstown musician Margaret O'Hanlon says she was taunted into putting out her first album. O'Hanlon, who's releasing 11 original songs, formerly directed five Songstars shows, in which artists performed song covers in front of local audiences, who then judged...
OPINION: Maybe I'm getting old but I found the scenes at Lordens Place the other week quite disturbing. I'm sure I wasn't alone. I awoke on Sunday to tend to my usual routine of running George the horse, Scoop the human...
OPINION: Spare a thought for those who keep the wheels spinning over the festive season. We all know Queenstown and Central Otago are unique and wonderful places to visit and to reside. We have filled the region with all manner of...
I know David Kennedy was putting his hand up for a hard-earned Icelandic research junket to investigate how the locals are handling the hordes of curious tourists arriving each year. Unfortunately for David, my former Winter Festival partner in crime...
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