Queenstown Events Centre

Windies bump kid triathletes

By PHILIP CHANDLER A huge Central Otago primary school triathlon’s been bumped from Queenstown Events Centre to accommodate the Windies cricket side. The council-owned centre was booked by triathlon organisers about 14 months ago, but they got the squeeze after the...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Three Queenstown girls have secured places in the New Zealand Climbing development squad after stand-out performances. First-time competitor Alisa Schenk took third in the Youth and Masters Bouldering Championships in Wellington at the weekend. Coach Diego Moyano says he...

Hockey to get Q’town home

By MATTHEW MCKEW A new dawn for hockey’s on its way with outline plans for an artificial pitch at the Queenstown Events Centre. Hockey players in the Wakatipu currently travel to Cromwell to play matches and make do with two tennis...

Grappling with medal haul

By MATTHEW MCKEW There was a serious medal haul for a Queenstown Jiu-Jitsu club last weekend, with first-timers going above and beyond expectations. Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu coach Jose Gomes says he expected plenty of nerves and some good, but ultimately unsuccessful...

Crisis coping

By MATTHEW MCKEW If you fell from a plane with no parachute you would have every right to panic — but that doesn’t make you an anxious person. Southern District Health Board consultant clinical psychologist Henck van Bilsen says it’s the...

Lake swimmers lapping it up

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown-based Southern Lakes Swimming Club’s (SLSC) getting a pool of swimmers together for a 24-hour fundraiser for St John. It’s set the ambitious goal of collectively completing 10,000 lengths — or 250 kilometres — of the Alpine Aqualand...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu Anglers Club’s annual beginners’ course is a ‘‘gateway drug’’ for the sport of flyfishing, a club member says. Club vice-president Mike McCann says many of those who’ve done the all-day course have gone on to join the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Joni Mitchell sang, ‘‘they paved paradise and put up a parking lot’’. Well, it’s not quite like that, but a three-level parking building’s about to go up on one of Queenstown’s most prominent undeveloped sites. Australian private equity firm The...

Dancing firepower wanted

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown dance studio owner Anna Stuart’s looking for 50 to 100 trained or non- trained dancers to help put together a mega dance performance. She’s been chosen to perform a new piece, ‘Tahi Aroha’, for Three Lakes Cultural Trust’s...
By GUY WILLIAMS After an eight-month hiatus, the Wakatipu Toy Library’s back up and running in a prime Frankton location. Chairwoman Sarah Fredric says the library lost its home of 17 years, at Queenstown’s former campground store at Lakeview, when it had...

Renewing the cultural landscape

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Twenty-seven Wakatipu artists and performers have received RenewArt grants so their work can be displayed or performed at free community art celebrations here next month. In total, 20 visual artists and 21 performing arts groups have been given funding...

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 —...
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