Mexico

Top showjumper shows up

By PHILIP CHANDLER One of New Zealand’s top showjumping riders has shifted to Queenstown to start a new chapter in her life. Professional rider and coach Lucy Olphert, who’s moved down from Mount Maunganui, says Queenstown’s a place she’s long admired, and...

Till theft guts colleagues

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown Cookie Time store workers felt ‘‘a sense of betrayal’’ after its manager was caught stealing nearly $2000 from its till over a five-month period, a judge says. Elsa Evangelina Velazquez Robledo, 31, had been store manager for two...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Pedro Carazos’ dream to open a full-blown restaurant in Queenstown’s about to become a reality. Pedro, who died last year, opened his original restaurant in Christchurch — it was destroyed in the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, in which his son,...

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...

Hope held till the end

By PHILIP CHANDLER A remarkable Queenstowner has died in his native Czech Republic, aged only 34, just four months after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Jacob Macak told he'd developed deep vein thrombosis after flying back from Europe given six...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Being stuck in tropical Mexico might sound exotic, but a 34-year-old Queenstowner battling terminal cancer hasn't had a choice. After being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, Jacob Macak and his wife, Lilia Rossana, flew to Mexico in March...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner diagnosed with terminal cancer has urgently flown to Mexico for treatment to try to beat the odds - and the risk of extra coronavirus-related border closures. Jacob Macak, a 33-year-old engineer, was originally told he had...
A Kingston man is gearing up to hop on his bike and ride the length of New Zealand in memory of his sister. Daniel Batchelor, 38, sets off on Tour Aotearoa, an epic 3000km ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff,...

Blast across the Baja

Two days without sleep, mechanical problems and a prang with a massive cactus bush couldn't stop two long-time Queenstowners claiming third in their class in one of the world's great desert races. Sharing the wheel of a 2.6-litre, Chevrolet-powered purpose-built...

Quinn of the desert

A Queenstowner and an ex-local are in Mexico this week preparing for the world's most prestigious off-road race. Quinn Wilson and Phil 'LP' Casey, who now lives in the US, are entering a Trophy Truck in the famous Baja 1000...
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