Otago Daily Times

Minutes from death

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A fire investigator says residents of a Huff Street house who lost everything in a Queenstown fire early on Saturday were just minutes away from possible death. About 25 volunteer firefighters from Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown, Cromwell and Alexandra...

NZ call-up for young hotshot

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown Rovers’ stand-out midfielder’s heading to the Junior All Whites training camp to stake his place in their World Cup qualifier squad. Young gun Willem Ebbinge, 19, has been an ever-present threat this season and his hard work’s paid off...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH HE was gone by lunchtime. Hamish Walker becomes the second Clutha-Southland MP to resign before the next election from what is, arguably, one of the safest blue seats in the country. His predecessor Todd Barclay was rolled in 2017...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Christchurch man traumatised by last year's terror attack this week visited a Queenstown hotel to thank staff for their kindness in the aftermath. Yama Nabi presented a handmade rug to The Rees Hotel his family are pictured with...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With Queenstown open only for domestic tourism in the short term, at least one accommodation venue's proving it could still pay off. For Queen's Birthday weekend the occupancy level for Arrowtown's high-end Millbrook Resort is already 40 per cent. July...
By GUY WILLIAMS Arrowtown's Nicholas Holmes thought he'd had enough drama in 2020, but now finds himself stranded in French Guiana in a coronavirus lockdown. Holmes arrived in the country on February 19 to visit his daughter Eva, 3, who lives in...

Prison for wannabe samurai

A Frankton man who threatened a team of arborists with a samurai sword last month has been jailed for 17 months. Jason John Bastion, 32, was arrested by armed police on January 29 after threatening the arborists outside the entrance...

Scene’s new ed

Long-time Allied Press reporter Tracey Roxburgh's been appointed as Mountain Scene's new editor and Otago Daily Times' Queenstown bureau chief. Roxburgh, originally from Invercargill, graduated from Southern Institute of Technology’s Peter Arnett School of Journalism, before starting out at The Southland...
On November 1, 1972, Johnny Nash's song I Can See Clearly Nowwas number one on the American charts. Aussie actress Toni Collette and US model/actress Jenni McCarthy entered the world, while American poet Ezra Pound, aged 87, left it. And, in...

Canon fodder

Mountain Scene reporter Paul Taylor and freelance photographer Blair Pattinson have won Canon Media Awards. Taylor was named community journalist of the year at last Friday's ceremony in Auckland, while Pattinson took the gong for best news photo. Judges Jim Eagles and...
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