Queenstown Hill

By GUY WILLIAMS The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust will celebrate a major milestone this weekend when its 50,000th native plant goes into the ground. The moment will come tomorrow morning at Whitechapel Reserve, near Arrow Junction, where the trust’s holding the first...

Greenies’ talkfest cancelled

By GUY WILLIAMS The Whakatipu Conservation Celebration planned for tonight at the Kiwi Birdlife Park has been knocked on the head because of the elevated Covid alert level earlier this week. But one of the speakers lined up for the event,...
When a company boss thought a teenager had skived off with his wife’s purse on a night out in Queenstown last year, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Encountering the alleged thief on the dark streets of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A record price has been fetched for a Queenstown Hill holiday home. The award-winning four-bedroom St Andrews Park home sold this week for more than Queenstown Hill’s previous high — a home at The Peak that sold for...

Mystery Shotover gondola

By MATTHEW MCKEW Another gondola, this one running parallel to Shotover Bridge, and a new hospital, are two new ideas contained in the Frankton Masterplan discussed yesterday by City Hall. Released on Monday, the document details a council spend of $83...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu's wilding warriors have received a major funding windfall, but still have a battle on their hands, they say. The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group’s budget for the current financial year is more than $5 million — a...

Repeat offender hid on lawn

By GUY WILLIAMS A repeat drink-driver from Arrowtown with a history of evading police will have to blow into a tube to start his car for at least the next six months. James Robert Manser, 46, company director, was sentenced in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Seems if you want your home or business premises to win an award, call an Arrowtown female architect. The only architectural practices to win more than one award for new projects at this year’s New Zealand Institute of...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hercules military aircraft can land on Ladies Mile highway in times of emergency, campaigners for the closure of Queenstown Airport say. FlightPlan2050 is urging City Hall to include a setback from the state highway in the masterplan for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A book about Queenstown like no other was one of two launched in town last week by a leading New Zealand photographer. When he moved into a Queenstown Hill home in 2009, Mike Langford vowed to shoot the...
Holidaying in Canada last September, Philip Chandler ran into genial Kiwi expat Martin McSkimming at his Toronto watering hole, then again had a chinwag with him - and another beer - at his Queenstown holiday pad three weeks ago Queenstown's been an enduring...

Council consent cock-up

Queenstown Hill residents have successfully appealed against City Hall consenting view-blocking apartments below them. High Court judge Gerald Nation has ruled council decisions to approve the 24-unit development, and on a non-notified basis so neighbours couldn't object, were "invalid" and...
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