New Zealand

By law, New Zealand real estate agents now have to carry out checks on all clients they list for. These checks, effective January 1, stem from the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act, which also came into effect...
A Queenstown hospo professional is the only Kiwi attending a New Zealand-hosted international sommelier summit this month. Go To Collection's Candice Chow, group beverage manager for the chain's Rata, Madam Woo and Hawker & Roll restaurants, joins 17 sommeliers, or...
Pool's one of the few sports where there's no club in Queenstown, yet a local player is wiping the table with the country's best. Former Englishman Simon Singleton's won four New Zealand singles titles and one pairs title in recent...
Today marks a major milestone for former New Zealand mountain bike champ Alanna Columb – it's one year since her horrific bike crash. The 30-year-old Queenstowner suffered a severe brain injury after crashing at the Gorge Road Jump Park, not...
Infamous bouncer Jonathan Dixon is launching a campaign to turn around what he claims are Queenstown's shocking crime stats. Dixon – who gained international notoriety by outing English rugby star Mike Tindall cavorting with an old flame in a Queenstown...

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...
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