Meet Your Neighbour

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...
One of Queenstown's newest residents is an Aussie jet-set multi-millionaire. He tells Paul Taylor why he's chosen to relocate here Queenstown's developing a reputation as a doomsday hideaway for the super-rich. But an uber-wealthy Australian says he's snapped up 12 hectares of prime real...
Award-winning Queenstown hotelier Mark Rose doesn't mind washing dishes. The Rees Hotel boss says it's about doing whatever it takes to ensure guest satisfaction, he tells Philip Chandler If anyone's stamped his mark on a Queenstown hotel, it's Mark Rose. The award-winning hotelier...
You could say Mike Henry hasn't let the grass grow under his feet during his retirement. The former South African, who likens his hobby to a disease, has created an extraordinary garden out of former Queenstown farmland. He takes a wander with Philip Chandler Talk about growing...
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