Mountain Scene

LAST week I moved to Fernhill, and the walk from Mountain Scene HQ to my new home’s been a perfect reminder of why I left London. Long gone are the smelly, hot days of the tube and now, thankfully, so...

Fraudster out of the game

By GUY WILLIAMS A disgraced chiropractor living in Arrowtown who defrauded ACC of more than $130,000 denies he’s providing chiropractic services. Since revealing Matthew Richard Cochrane’s fraud convictions last month, Mountain Scene’s been bombarded by messages from readers about a house call...

Bailout lifeline

By MATTHEW MCKEW BELEAGUERED tourism wholesale company Website Travel’s got a new boss and a bailout from the Aussies — but Queensland’s government refuses to say how much. The company disappeared down a black hole at the start of the Covid-19...

New JP for resort

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's 19th Justice of the Peace has been sworn in. Annalisa (Lisa) White took the oath in Queenstown’s court on Monday before Judge Russell Walker, with her proud family, husband Matthew and children Abigail, 15, and Dylan, 12, friends...

Minutes from death

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A fire investigator says residents of a Huff Street house who lost everything in a Queenstown fire early on Saturday were just minutes away from possible death. About 25 volunteer firefighters from Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown, Cromwell and Alexandra...

Boycott appeal

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown restaurateur’s urging industry colleagues to boycott controversial American-owned food delivery giant, Uber Eats. The app-based company on Wednesday announced it’s launching in Queenstown, along with New Plymouth and Nelson, in early October, to extend its New Zealand...

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH How low can you go? Four thieves have been captured on camera nicking skis, poles — and a kettle — which have a combined conservative value of $800 from outside Hospice Shop Queenstown on Sunday. Store manager John ‘Boggy’...

When the boat came back

By PHILIP CHANDLER After 18 years in Fiordland, a boat built for Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu in 1912 is gracing her home waters again. A classic wooden launch, The Lion was officially relaunched in Kingston last Saturday by local mayor Jim Boult. Then on...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...
Thirty-five years ago, beanpole broadcaster, Chas Drader, came to Queenstown where he made a name for himself for his "slightly off-the-wall" community radio station, Q92FM. Following his passing on June 18, PHILIP CHANDLER looks back at his life and passion for broadcasting Fifty-nine  years...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis will visit Queenstown in the "near future" and understands the resort faces hardships, his office says. It comes on the back of sustained pressure from Mountain Scene, including a column by editor Tracey Roxburgh...
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