Queenstowner

By MARK PRICE Queenstown's biggest club has a new president. Pete ‘McGnarly’ McInally took over leadership of the 1600-member Queenstown Mountain Bike Club from Chris Conway at the recent annual meeting. McInally’s a 30-year Queenstown veteran and has been immersed in mountain biking since...

Course’s first grad

By PHILIP CHANDLER A scholarship programme named after a Queenstowner, Jai Sneddon, who died suddenly two months ago, has produced its first graduate. A month earlier, Jai had graduated from a course taken by Your Life Live It neural coding trainers Amanda...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A TV vehicle ad shot on Queenstown Hill’s come up trumps for a number of locals. Toyota New Zealand’s ‘Hilux Unbreakable Bond’ ad, showcasing a number of models, won gold in the casting category of the Australasian Writers...
By MARK PRICE When she was a ‘‘challenging’’ three years old, Queenstowner Carleen Dalton had a little bit of a run-in with her preschool teachers. It got so bad, her mother Kaye was asked to remove her. And, that led to Dalton’s...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hairdressing's not something that immediately springs to mind when thinking of veganism, but for one go-it-alone mobile hair stylist, it’s front and centre of her business. Jenny Matiu went vegan about three-and-a-half years ago, and her lifestyle change put...

Local’s Ali coup

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a heavyweight coup, a Queenstowner and another Kiwi are creating a giant tourist attraction in the United States dedicated to one of the world’s biggest icons, Muhammad Ali. Local Stu Robertson — a marketing guru and philanthropist...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner recently won one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and exciting pool tournaments for the second year running. Simon ‘Postman’ Singleton pocketed $8000 for winning ‘The Great Southern Knockout II’, an 8-ball invitational event in Christchurch featuring...

Fourth time lucky?

By PHILIP CHANDLER He's possibly New Zealand’s unluckiest sports event organiser — and you can’t even blame Covid. Queenstowner Evan McWhirter, who’s again organising tomorrow's Routeburn Classic run over the stunning Routeburn Track, has had to cancel the event’s past three...

Cresting a wave

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowner Dave Mitchell (above), 49, rolled back the years to compete strongly at the recent waveski surfing nationals in Gisborne. He finished runner-up to arch-rival Nigel Bryant in the New Zealand Open comp but turned the tables to...

Race with no end

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner sets out tomorrow to defend his title in New Zealand’s ‘‘cruellest’’ ultramarathon. Adam Keen, 37, last year won the last-man-standing ‘Backyard Ultra’ competition, completing 35 consecutive 6.7km laps, each starting on the hour, on a course...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's made a great impression on reality dating TV show, The Bachelor New Zealand. Before her elimination on Tuesday, Lana Ennis was among the final three bachelorettes vying for the affections of Sol3 Mio singer Moses Mackay. This...
By GUY WILLIAMS The first candidate to put up their hand for Queenstown council’s vacant seat’s been there before. Recently-retired lawyer and long-time resort resident Phil Wilson, who served a term from 1992 to 1995, tells Mountain Scene he’d already been...
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