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8.50am: Snow update

Heavy snow has been falling since about 4am in Queenstown this morning, leaving parts of the resort without power. Up to 15 cms of snow has settled on the ground in some of the resort's suburbs. Wakatipu High School, various primaries...
Queenstown's mayor may be ordered to pay more than $28 million over the collapse of Stonewood Homes, amid allegations of reckless trading. Both Boult and former Stonewood managing director Brent Mettrick deny the claims, with Boult saying he acted in...
A Queenstown paraglider was likely killed instantly after he became entrapped in his paraglider and crashed on to a roof at Queenstown Primary School last year. Coroner David Robinson's formal written findings into the death of Benjamin Thomas Gould Letham,...

Key to new hotel – no key

What's claimed to be New Zealand's first fully 'smart' hotel has opened on the fringe of Queenstown's CBD. Mi-pad Queenstown – a striking $15 million, six-storey, 57-room hotel on Henry Street – has been designed by renowned local architect John...
It's difficult to get people excited about local government, so let's start with an attention-grabber. Apparently, kissing boosts the immune system and lowers stress. One million bacteria (of which there are 600 types) exchange hosts. Wow! Who'd have thought? A...

Comms costs increase

Queenstown's publicly-funded organisations spent more than $1.2 million on communications and public relations in the 2016/17 year. The district council spent $444,328, Southern District Health Board (SDHB) $462,406, and Otago Regional Council (ORC) $330,000. And two of those organisations, Queenstown's council...

From little acorns grow

Half a century of camping history is nearly ready for the world to see. The Wakatipu High School Branches Trust has been busy working on a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the much-loved Year 10 Branches Camp. School outdoor...
Foreign drivers are being given a crash-course in road safety with a new simulator in Queenstown to help reduce accidents across the country. GO Rentals is the first car rental company to take the driving simulator to market. It's the product...

Brecon St escalator bid

A short step along Queenstown's Man Street from a proposed 205-room hotel, another developer's planning improved public access from down below. Kevin Carlin – who's building a boutique five-star hotel, Queenstown Views, on the Man St/Brecon St corner – plans...
A Queenstown cottage that has been owned by the same family for 75 years has sold for $3 million. The 100sqm cottage at 16 Brisbane St in central Queenstown, though not the waterfront, has three bedrooms, an original coal range,...
A fire chief says chimney fires have reached epidemic proportions in Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago. "We've had a little over 30 chimney fires in the last five to six months," Fire and Emergency New Zealand assistant area manager Steve...

School site up for grabs

The former site of Queenstown's high school is being considered by another government department to see if it's worth keeping in public hands. Wakatipu High School's Gorge Road site has been empty since the move to a new campus at...
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