Mountain Scene

  As I'm writing, this council's decision on Queenstown Airport Corporation's (QAC) new draft Statement of Intent looms. By now we know the outcome. If they haven't rejected the new draft with its unchanged 'expand to meet demand' objectives, my position is...
  We live in a special and unique part of the world, which we all want to see preserved and enhanced. The current growth we are experiencing is challenging our place and our values. Our place is being challenged environmentally; our...
YOURWORD by Tanya Surrey - a Queenstown lawyer with Mactodd Lawyers When you drive past Queenstown District Court on Monday mornings before 9am, you're likely to see a line of people waiting outside the court. Several will be facing a drink-driving...
Mountain Scene founder Barry Thomas has been appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in today's Queen's Birthday Honours. Thomas, 73, is honoured for services to business and tourism. The chartered accountant, who established Scene in 1972,...
When our former editor David Williams launched Mountain Scene's 'Name And Shame' anti drink-drive campaign back in June, he said names would be published on the front page until the end of the year. He's gone on to pastures new, but,...
On November 1, 1972, Johnny Nash's song I Can See Clearly Nowwas number one on the American charts. Aussie actress Toni Collette and US model/actress Jenni McCarthy entered the world, while American poet Ezra Pound, aged 87, left it. And, in...
Queenstown, I love you. Although, I'm not sure you completely love me back. You're a little like that super-hot girlfriend I was with, all too briefly, when I was 18. Headstrong. Social. Independent. Happy to have me around but, you know, not...
Mountain Scene is naming convicted drink-drivers on its front page until the end of the year. Here are this week’s names: Bryn Alfred Eduard Carter, 26, 1015mcg Todd Craigie, 35, 560mcg & 109mg Jack Alexander Reid, 22, 914mcg Nicholas Ivan Bresanello, 29, 813mcg Luke...

Scene snatches awards

Your local paper has done it again, Queenstown. Mountain Scene grabbed three gongs at last week's NZ Community Newspapers awards in Christchurch. Our eye-catching front page 'Queue-Town', created by talented Allied Press graphic designer Jasmine Couch last July, won Best Front Page...
Mountain Scene has named 100 people convicted of drink-driving offences in the Queenstown District Court so far this year -- or local people convicted elsewhere. Here is the list: Steven Paul Duncan, 55, 247mg Thibaut Gustave Monnet, 27, 866mcg Giulio Rizzo, 25,...

Canon fodder

Mountain Scene reporter Paul Taylor and freelance photographer Blair Pattinson have won Canon Media Awards. Taylor was named community journalist of the year at last Friday's ceremony in Auckland, while Pattinson took the gong for best news photo. Judges Jim Eagles and...

Bun battle begins

Battle of the Buns is back. The Mountain Scene competition, with More FM, started on Thursday and has 11 burger boasters on board. Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar chef de partie Ben Kellett reckons his sweet cajun chicken thigh burger is a...
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