New Zealand

Ski cash splash

NZSki has announced a cool $35 million spending spree on its Queenstown skifields, including a new Coronet Peak chondola. The boost takes the company's total investment in Coronet and The Remarkables to nearly $100 million since 2014. As well as the...
It's difficult to get people excited about local government, so let's start with an attention-grabber. Apparently, kissing boosts the immune system and lowers stress. One million bacteria (of which there are 600 types) exchange hosts. Wow! Who'd have thought? A...
A judge has taken aim at the ''modern phenomenon'' of drivers following GPS rather than watching the road, after a Chinese tourist caused a smash near Queenstown. Zhenjun Zhao, 28,  appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday, following a stint...
Summer is BBQ time and what a glorious start to the BBQ season here in the Wakatipu. Add in some great Test cricket on the TV and the arrival of our latest shipment of Bainfield Road lamb from down...

Haines calls time on career

Queenstowner Bert Haines has stepped down as captain of the New Zealand Ice Blacks after five years at the helm. The Canadian-born ice hockey player is also hanging up his skates for the Stampede, at least at a competitive level. The...

Tiarn makes squad

Arrowtown teen Tiarn Collins has been named in New Zealand's Winter Olympic Games squad. The 17-year-old, who will compete in snowboard slopestyle and big air, is still pinching himself. "It is definitely surreal at the moment and hasn't really sunk in...
Expect Queenstown to again host full-blown international cricket from the summer after next. Queenstown's been starved of top-class play since the spectacular one-day international between New Zealand and the West Indies on New Year's Day, 2014. That's because the Events Centre...
OPINION: I was too young to enjoy John Clarke, aka Fred Dagg, in his heyday but like many Kiwis I've always felt a strong connection to his message. I'm not afraid of a bit of travel – I recently had...
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