Meet Your Neighbour

Five years feeling the rush

He's the brains behind Queenstown's most popular parties, but local legend Ribera didn't always plan to be behind the decks. He chats to Daisy Hudson about Electric Rush, washing dishes, and David Bowie. There's not many people who could say...
A retired American couldn't be happier being a part-time Queenstown resident. Ray Pike tells Philip Chandler what he loves about the resort, but also why he's got concerns with the government's foreign buyer ban Few people can say they've stood...

Couple go back to the future

Before arriving in Queenstown, Sandy and 'Podge' Cochrane lived on a lifestyle block. Now they've come full circle and are back living on another one. Before leaving they reminisced with Philip Chandler, and 'Podge' explained how he got his...
He dreamt of owning a plane, and now he has an airline. Hank Sproull tells Philip Chandler how he's managed to survive in aviation, and shares his views on the Department of Conservation Hank Sproull first dreamt of flying when,...
He's the colourful character delighting young and old with his balloon art at Queenstown's lakefront. Daisy Hudson talks to balloon artist Jim Sheard about his creative capers. Delight– and mischief – is written all over Jim Sheard's face as he...

Taking care of business

Having announced she's stepping down, Queenstown Chamber CEO Ann Lockhart discusses the highlights of her 10-year reign with Philip Chandler, and discloses what she and Sir John Key joked about on a gondola ride. She might live in Cardrona, but...

Chasing the snow

Former Olympian Tim Cafe is addicted to chasing snow around the world. Now coaching the world's best under-18 girls' GS ski racer, he talks to Philip Chandler about his passion and his new business venture. Queenstowner Tim Cafe hasn't had...
She's won medals and set records around the world, and now Kathryn Nevatt is preparing to compete at home. The Queenstown freediving world champ talks to Daisy Hudson about her big year. Queenstown's world record-setting freediver is heading into unknown...
Doug Champion served in Queenstown's hospitality industry for more than four decades. Before leaving for Cromwell last week, he shared with Philip Chandler some career highlights and took aim at the direction the town's heading. Forty-five years after arriving, one...
Dr Ross Buchanan is taking a voyage into the unknown. The long-time Queenstown dentist fills in Philip Chandler on his plans and explains why he's leaving a secure job to sail the seven seas. A Queenstown dentist is sinking his...
He calls the role unglamorous, but recently-retired medical officer of health, doctor Derek Bell, has confronted several serious public health challenges over the past 19 years. He discusses these, along with his next move, with Philip Chandler Though he's modest,...
Despite almost 50 years working in the resort, newly-retired Stuart Maclean is best-known for his community roles, whether co-founding Destination Queenstown or pursuing his lifetime passion for motorsport. He talks to Philip Chandler about what's driven him If anyone deserves a break, it's newly-retired Queenstowner...
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