Queenstown Recreation Ground

By GUY WILLIAMS A special event in Queenstown this Sunday will serve as a ‘‘big hug’’ for the community, and mark a year since the country emerged from the Covid-19 lockdown, its organiser says. Local iwi charitable trust, Mana Tahuna, is...

An up & down season

By PHILIP CHANDLER Frustratingly for their supporters, the Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby sides have yo-yoed between wins and losses over their first four games this season. Arrowtown, who beat Alexandra 49-17 at home last weekend, will want to break that...

Coaches walk the talk

By PHILIP CHANDLER First blood’s gone to Wakatipu in the annual ‘Battle of the Basin’ with Arrowtown, and that’s even before the rugby season starts. Eight junior coaches from each club — including Arrowtown’s Hamish Wilton, pictured left, and Wakatipu’s Harry...

Irish sporting spectacle

By PHILIP CHANDLER For fast-paced action, there’s no better place to be this Saturday afternoon than the Queenstown Rec Ground. Queenstown’s ‘Band of Brothers’ tackle Christchurch-based Canterbury GAA in the very Irish sport of hurling, while also fundraising for St John...

Game plans for rugby club HQ

By PHILIP CHANDLER The future of Wakatipu Rugby Club’s valuable Queenstown CBD clubrooms, if they’re bowled for an arterial road, was kicked around at its AGM this month. The clubrooms, overlooking the club’s Recreation Ground playing field, would be doomed, along...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Otago Regional Council’s investigating a major sewage spill into Lake Wakatipu last Friday. It’s believed tens of thousands of litres of raw, untreated sewage poured into the lake after a bung ‘‘let go’’ in a pipeline above the Frankton...
By PHILIP CHANDLER After 173 games for the Wakatipu Rugby Club, popular club captain Jeremy ‘Mushy’ Drake will hang up his boots after the Wanderers’ season finishes this Saturday. His Southland first division side, who’ve yet to win this year, play...
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