Nelson

By PHILIP CHANDLER KEEN by name, keenest by nature. Queenstowner Adam Keen proved he’s New Zealand’s gutsiest long-distance runner by winning a gruelling last-person standing competition last weekend. In and around an Auckland forest, the 37-year-old ran for 35 hours, completing a...

Work visa plea

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While calls are being made for Immigration New Zealand to free up the migrant workforce, and establish region-specific visa extensions, that’s not on the new government’s agenda. Remarkable Labour directors Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott say there are dire times ahead...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Maybe the delays were worth it. Queenstown ultrarunner Adam Keen’s had to cool his heels twice this year following Covid-caused postponements to an Auckland-based last-person- standing event, The Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra. It’s on again this weekend, but this time...

Winery gets the munchies

By PHILIP CHANDLER A gourmet deli’s opened in an historic Queenstown woolshed. Greg Hay, owner of Lake Hayes’ Wet Jacket Wines, has installed the deli, near his cellar door, in place of his cheese maturation room. It stocks a wide range of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The head teaching pro at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort last Thursday stunned a very competitive field at the Marlborough Pro-Am, near Blenheim, to win by two shots. Ben Gallie, 41, headed off 51 other pros including Michael Hendry, Josh...

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...
By HUGH COLLINS With Covid-19 putting many musical careers in the Wakatipu Basin on hold, one artist claims the general mood among the local musos isn’t nearly as bad as you’d think. Long-time Queenstown muso Shay Muddle’s spent lockdown running ‘Quarantunes’, a...
The Wakatipu's 'Mr Disc Golf' is chucking in Queenstown to live in Nelson. James Smithells discusses the origins of the Gardens course, the benefits of the sport and traffic jam "stress" with Philip Chandler  Talk about a legacy. Queenstown clinical psychologist James Smithells, who leaves...
Queenstown restaurateur Tony Robertson sure has his plate full. Not content with running one local restaurant, he's opening his second Nelson premises this month – and now he's moving there. He discusses his life in cuisine with Philip Chandler Forty years after first coming to...
Talk about getting out of your comfort zone. After living in the Wakatipu for most of their lives, doctor John Hillock and his wife Maggie are leaving to grow macadamias near Nelson. They discuss their impending move with Philip Chandler If you've been living happily in one area for...
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