Ngai Tahu

Speaking of mayor Jim Boult, his wife Karen says: ‘‘People know who Jim is, most of them don’t know who I am, really.’’ In an attempt to correct that imbalance, PHILIP CHANDLER talks to mayoress Karen Boult about her life...

Celebration of Waitangi Day

By PHILIP CHANDLER African drummers, an Indonesian performance group and the local Highland pipe band will perform tomorrow during Queenstown’s Waitangi Day celebrations. The City Hall-organised event, running from 11am till 2pm on Earnslaw Park, this year’s focusing on both New...

New party venue

By MATTHEW MCKEW Reggae in the Park’s back for another year to celebrate the legacy of Jamaican music legend Bob Marley — but it’ll be held in a new location. Thousands annually pack in to Queenstown Gardens every February 6 to...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Is it Wakatipu or Whakatipu — and how do you pronounce the latter? That’ll be the subject of a discussion at Frankton Library this week with Darren Rewi — a Queenstown-based Ngai Tahu kaumatua or elder — in the...

Whakatipu time

By PHILIP CHANDLER Highly-respected Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O’Regan says it’s time Queenstowners put an ‘h’ in ‘Wakatipu’. ‘Whakatipu’ is the undisputed traditional Maori spelling, however ‘Wakatipu’ has been employed since early European days and pops up in everything from...

Tourism worker scheme ends

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Tourism Workforce Alliance has reached the end of the road, with no immediate prospect of more work in the offing. Since June, the group involved about 50 tourism workers, who had lost their jobs or were on...

Young iwi rep building bridges

Born-and-bred Queenstowner Mike Rewi’s fitting of the ‘renaissance man’ label. A long- time Wakatipu Prems rugby winger, he’s dabbled in a music career, but he tells HUGH COLLINS he now spends as much time as he can volunteering with his iwi,...

Te reo name for new school

By HUGH COLLINS A new Queenstown school’s been gifted an official te reo name from local iwi. Ngai Tahu’s blessed the 600-pupil Hanley’s Farm school as ‘Te Kura Whakatipu O Kawarau’, which it’ll be officially known as. Te Kura means a place of...
By GUY WILLIAMS Jon Mitchell is that rare thing in Queenstown these days — a bona fide local. The Labour Party candidate for Southland was born in the former maternity hospital in Sydney Street, and spent his early childhood in an...

Community hub mooted

Queenstown's council will partner with Ngai Tahu to explore options for a community hub in the resort's CBD. In a statement the Queenstown Lakes District Council confirmed councillors "approved entry into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ngai Tahu Property...
After 13 years, Nigel Kerr is back in the snow business, heading up Queenstown's iconic Coronet Peak. He discusses his varied career, including owning two dumpling shops, with Philip Chandler No one's looking forward to Saturday's opening of Queenstown's Coronet Peak skifield more than...
For the first time, a special cultural opening ceremony will be held during Queenstown Winter Festival. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal all the details that were kept under wraps until today. The Wakatipu Waka Ama Club will paddle ashore in Queenstown...
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