northern hemisphere

By TRACEY ROXBURGH All they need now is snow. Twenty-seven border exemptions have been granted for critical skifield workers in the Southern Lakes — with three pending — enabling skifields to open at 100% this season. In March the Ski Areas Association...

Nash’s bold call

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism Minister Stuart Nash predicts Queenstown could enjoy a record ski season thanks to the trans-Tasman bubble, and hints he’ll announce more measures to help the Covid-ravaged tourism industry next week. In the resort on a family holiday...
By GUY WILLIAMS And then there were two. Businesswoman Emily Rutherford (left) has pulled out of the contest for the vacant seat on Queenstown’s council. The 31-year-old says she had a change of heart after realising her business ambitions meant she couldn’t...

Switching tack

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown ski racing star Alice Robinson changes course this weekend by competing in two World Cup super-G races in St Moritz, Switzerland. Alice, who turned 19 this week, principally races giant slalom (GS), and remarkably entered this northern...
Formerly one of New Zealand’s top ski racers, Erika Harris talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about how she’s adapted to life after she retired, and why her hubby’s happy she didn't run in the Queenstown Marathon last weekend After a life...

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 long-time columnist for Britain's prestigious Financial Times suggests northern hemisphere tech firms, and the like, relocate to New Zealand, and particularly Queenstown, assuming this country becomes a Covid-19 "safe haven". "The country should use the pandemic to...
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