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‘Bespoke’ base

By MATTHEW MCKEW West Indies cricketing legend Chris Gayle could be among international sporting superstars based in Queenstown if there’s progress on talks to make the resort a ‘‘bespoke’’ isolation base. City Hall, the government, Southern District Health Board, NZ Cricket...

Game on?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's in the running to host three southern hemisphere powerhouse rugby teams for about two months. And Queenstown’s mayor Jim Boult’s also pushing for a 2020 Rugby Championship game to be played at the Queenstown Events Centre —...

Sleep, eat, ride, repeat

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown pro cyclist Reuben Thompson’s planning to hole up in Europe this northern winter and ‘‘train like a madman’’. After a breakout season last year, the 19-year-old’s now in Italy trying to make the most of a Covid-disrupted season,...

NZOpen on course, for now

By MATTHEW MCKEW A decision on whether to go ahead with next year’s New Zealand Open golf tourney will be made as late as possible, the tournament director says. But Michael Glading admits it’s highly unlikely the annual February event will...

The boys are back

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's most popular sports team will soon be back in action, with a South Island ice hockey series facing off next month. SkyCity Stampede, the 2019 New Zealand Ice Hockey League champions, regularly pull in crowds in their...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks  to government funding, Queenstown's mayor's hopeful construction of the first phase of the resort's long-awaited CBD arterial bypass will start in the second quarter of next year. In a wide-ranging interview, Jim Boult talks about the government's...
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...

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...
By Hugh Collins NZSki's hopes of opening a new chairlift in time for the 2020 Queenstown ski season are looking more positive than ever. The company's worked with Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker on a government exemption to allow a specialist rope splicer...
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