Singer

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 PHILIP CHANDLER Introducing preschooolers and kids up to seven to orchestral music is the aim of three fun, interactive shows in Arrowtown today. ‘Rozzie and the Orchestra’, postponed a year ago due to the Covid lockdown, features Dunedin children’s music...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Matt Beachen vivdly remembers being at work, painting houses, in 2017 when he and one of his bandmates would hear their song play on the radio six times a day. Fast-forward and that song, Drax Project’s Woke Up...

Stage dog’s call

By PHILIP CHANDLER Release the hounds. Showbiz Queenstown’s holding dog auditions this Sunday for a major canine role in its production of Legally Blonde The Musical, hitting the stage in late May. The dog, Bruiser Woods, will belong on stage to lead character...

All that jazz

By GUY WILLIAMS The Queenstown Jazz Orchestra’s concert in the resort this Saturday will showcase the skills of both New Zealand’s biggest jazz star and one of its rising talents. The 16-piece big band, which already features the region's best jazz...

Electric atmosphere expected

By MATTHEW MCKEW It was a ride on a downtown Auckland bus that launched a journey of a lifetime, catapulting the line-up of Stellar* into the pop stratosphere. Andrew Maclaren still remembers that life-changing but modest trip. There was no limo, no...
By MATTHEW MCKEW If there’s one thing Christchurch singer Adam Hattaway has no problem doing it’s filling a blank page. While some may struggle with writer’s block, Hattaway’s churning music out at a rate of knots. So there’s a high chance those popping...
She’s shy, socially, but comes alive behind the mic, whether that’s as a TV or radio journalist, news reader or anchor or as a singer/guitarist in a band. A youthful-looking Leanne Malcolm talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about her illustrious broadcasting...

Gigs galore for a good cause

By PHILIP CHANDLER A mini music festival’s running throughout the Wakatipu next week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. Creative Queenstown’s presenting nine performances under the banner, ‘Listen Up, Wakatipu!’, featuring the cream of local entertainers. Starting this coming Monday, the likes of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An accomplished Wakatipu-raised performer’s just waiting for Melbourne’s airport to reopen before taking on the biggest role of her life. Alexia Brinsley’s one of two females, along with 16 hot male dancers, selected for the Australian edition of Channing Tatum’s...

Reinventing in the resort

By HUGH COLLINS While most of us were hunkering down during lockdown, one Queenstown native was floating about in the Bahamas. But it was no holiday. Born and raised in the Wakatipu, for the past four years Emily Burns has been living...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH If this was any other year, Peta Mathias would be in her home in the south of France, teaching cooking classes and getting ready to go on a week-long culinary tour in the Basque country. Covid’s put paid to that,...
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