Queenstown Lakes

New trail transport service

By PHILIP CHANDLER A new transport operation, Trail Connect, is shuttling people to Queenstown-Lakes and Central Otago trails for biking, hiking and running. Former local pro triathlete and elite runner Jason Hall, who now lives near Wanaka but also does pick-ups in...

Women on a roll

By PHILIP CHANDLER A local painting contractor’s forming a support group for women in the Queenstown Lakes construction industry, and women servicing it. Arrowtowner Nell Pooley says she heard about the National Association of Women in Construction from her supplier, Resene. ‘‘I...
Martin Hawes is a financial advisor, wealth coach and author who called Queenstown home for 20 yearsbefore moving to Christchurch When life changes, conventional wisdom says you should revisit your will. After 20 years of living in the Wakatipu Basin, I...

Arts springboard

By PHILIP CHANDLER Creative New Zealand’s behind a massive exhibition at Five Mile gallery, Queenstown Contemporary. ‘Spring Loaded’ features 100-plus artworks from more than 40 Queenstown-Lakes artists, including senior Wakatipu High painting and photography students and Wakatipu Potters Group members. Thanks to Creative...

Working remotely, together

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A resort entrepreneur’s used the Covid-19-induced lockdown as inspiration to create, hopefully, short- and long-term benefits for the Wakatipu, and New Zealand. Ziptrek Ecotours founder Trent Yeo’s behind a 12-day festival, being held this November, dubbed ‘RemoteTogetherNZ’. It’ll bring...

Abuse concerns

By MATTHEW MCKEW There are fears Covid-19 is providing the perfect excuse for abusers to isolate their victims, Age Concern’s warning. It comes at the same time as a City Hall report says Queenstown’s ‘‘young people’’ are facing ‘‘alcohol, drug and eating...
In preparation for writing a second political piece in the lead-up to the general election, I was contemplating which big issues residents in the Queenstown Lakes would be most concerned with. Rather than spouting anecdotes, I went to the findings...

‘Let foreigners buy’

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstowners should be able to sell to whoever they ‘‘damn well please’’ — including foreigners. That’s according to ACT leader and MP David Seymour, who was in the resort on Wednesday ahead of September’s election. ACT’s Southland candidate Basil Waker...
By HUGH COLLINS A Queenstown lawyer's establishing a golfing society as a way of supporting regional clubs in the Covid-19 era. The Wombles, founded by Steve Brent, draws inspiration from the '80s TV show of the same name, and aims to...

‘We will beat this’

We live in a truly amazing community. Covid-19 has brought with it a lockdown of our community and our country, but we will fight to get through this together. Like you, I am in lockdown at my house in Queenstown. Many of...
New Zealand’s immigration minister’s going to "urgently enable" three initiatives to help migrants on essential skills work visas. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult video conferenced with Iain Lees-Galloway yesterday — in a statement, Boult says that's resulted in steps which will...
By MATTHEW MCKEW MIDWIVES in the Queenstown-Lakes region are carrying out home visits to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection. An alternative location’s also being prepared away from Lakes District Hospital for when home visits aren’t possible. Southern District Health Board’s head...
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