New Zealand

By PHILIP CHANDLER A new Queenstown Music Festival will replace next year’s 11th edition of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Sponsored by Arrowtown jeweller Sir Michael Hill’s family, the world-renowned contest’s run every two years since 2001, with Queenstown hosting the...

‘Let foreigners buy’

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstowners should be able to sell to whoever they ‘‘damn well please’’ — including foreigners. That’s according to ACT leader and MP David Seymour, who was in the resort on Wednesday ahead of September’s election. ACT’s Southland candidate Basil Waker...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A New Zealand Music Hall of Famer’s coming to Arrowtown to pump some energy into the Wakatipu next month through some deep house tracks. Peter Urlich, once of ‘70-80s pop rock band Th’ Dudes, will be looking to...

Remarks commune

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Wellington urban planner's building an affordable, off-the-grid, modern-day commune at the base of Queenstown's iconic Remarkables mountain range. David Lee's planning two eco-villages, each comprising about 15 to 17 owner-occupied cabins, and a 400 square metre house, along...
Globetrotting former journalist Emma Hart's come a long way since covering the Ben Smart/Olivia Hope murder trial on TV every night. PHILIP CHANDLER charts her move to Europe and then back again to run cutting-edge stem cell therapy company headquartered in Queenstown's Glenda Drive  A...

Kiwi legend going solo

By HUGH COLLINS As he prepares to tour the length of the country, legendary Kiwi actor Michael Hurst certainly isn’t naive about how fortunate he is to be a performer in post-lockdown New Zealand. “I am probably one of the few...
By GUY WILLIAMS Opening a new hotel in post-Covid Queenstown sounds like a challenge, but the owners of the Holiday Inn Express are confident about the future. The 227-room Holiday Inn Express, in Stanley Street, opens its doors next Friday at a...

Migrants’ mare

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown migrant couple holed up in Bali for almost four months are becoming increasingly desperate as they’re continually barred from re-entering New Zealand. Brits Charlie Grant and Zara Meekins were holidaying there in March when their return...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won't put any potential timeframe on the opening of borders between New Zealand and Aussie, but says the highly-anticipated trans-Tasman bubble hasn't been delayed by recent presentations of Covid-19 in NZ. As of Thursday there...

Charity worker dies

By GUY WILLIAMS A former Queenstown woman who was found dead in her apartment in Cambodia on Monday after a suspected heart attack was dedicated to helping underprivileged children, friends say. Cambodian media reported the body of Anne Copplestone, 48, was discovered...

The Obsidian

By TRACEY ROXBURGH ‘‘You get served lemons, you might as well make lemonade’’. They’re the words of Winter Games NZ boss Marty Toomey who’s exclusively revealed to Mountain Scene details of ‘The Obsidian’, the replacement event for the 2020 games, which...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A book about Queenstown like no other was one of two launched in town last week by a leading New Zealand photographer. When he moved into a Queenstown Hill home in 2009, Mike Langford vowed to shoot the...
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