New Zealand

Bottom-line success

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown entrepreneur’s taking on global brands with a nappy range she claims is better for babies and the environment. Bridget Bodie-Healy’s founder and CEO of the Noopii range which is stocked by New Zealand’s major supermarket chains,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowners are invited to welcome the nationwide ‘Poppy and Star Flight’ fundraising project during its stopoff at the local Abbeyfield complex tomorrow. Two giant pieces of knitted artwork featuring poppies and stars are being flown around New Zealand...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The boss of New Zealand’s biggest home-building company believes red tape’s one of the main reasons for ever-escalating housing costs. ‘‘I don’t think anybody has all the solutions,’’ G.J.Gardner Homes chief executive/co-owner Grant Porteous says. But he believes the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It might seem far-fetched someone who’s been described as ‘‘one of the finest violinists in the world’’ should play in a disused cheese factory. But that’s what’s happening this Sunday when Russian-born Natalia Lomeiko performs in the Thomas...
There are a few things that are vital to human survival, and access to safe and reliable water is certainly one. Currently government is proposing massive reforms to the regulation of drinking water throughout the entire country. In short, government wants...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's time to give it a twirl. Next month Salsa Queenstown’s hosting the resort’s inaugural salsa and Latin dance festival, which’ll include some of New Zealand’s top teachers offering workshops and bootcamps to dancers — and would-be dancers. Running...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Little did Queenstown’s Louise Ferguson know video footage of her landing her first back flip to mulch at an evening session at Fernhill’s Wynyard Jump Park would lead to a new  initiative in the resort, aimed at...
By GUY WILLIAMS It takes a remarkable person to swim nearly 4km in chilly Lake Wakatipu, but to call Melanie Ryding remarkable is something of an understatement. Five months after having her left leg amputated, the self-employed personal trainer from Invercargill...

Camping ruckus

By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand’s biggest freedom camping organisation’s taking Queenstown’s council to the High Court for effectively, in its eyes, banning freedom camping. NZ Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) alleges the council failed to provide areas where self-contained campervans could go when it...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A tour guide at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort’s joining rarefied company with his new wine education qualification. Henry de Salengre (above), 33, has passed the world-recognised Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 4 diploma. Of six locals registered on the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Despite spending 10 months locked down in her adopted home of Los Angeles, Broods lead singer Georgia Nott says 2020 was one of her “favourite years’’ yet. ‘‘It was really powerful. ‘‘Not since I came into the music industry have...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Fresh from the release of his report on sustainable tourism, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, will speak at a public lecture in Queenstown. Upton’s report, ‘Not 100% — but four steps closer to sustainable tourism’, was...
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