Sir Michael Hill

By PHILIP CHANDLER Guess who came to dinner? When popular Arrowtown Indian restaurant Mantra reopened late last month, its first customers were well-known former regulars Christine Lady Hill and her hubby Sir Michael Hill. They’re pictured with new owner Saroj Kumar, who...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It might seem far-fetched someone who’s been described as ‘‘one of the finest violinists in the world’’ should play in a disused cheese factory. But that’s what’s happening this Sunday when Russian-born Natalia Lomeiko performs in the Thomas...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It took three decades, but Queenstown golfer Steve Brent finally tasted the spoils of victory at The Hills last month. The 48-year-old, whose handicap is three-and-a-half, won his first senior championship in 31 years at Sir Michael Hill’s...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s hosting New Zealand’s greatest ever pianist at his Lodge at The Hills next Thursday. Michael Houstoun, a distinguished professional musician for almost 50 years, performs just 16 days after the same venue thrilled to...

Hills ProAm on course

By NEVILLE IDOUR For the first time the annual Hills Invitational ProAm, being played next month at Sir Michael Hill’s Arrowtown course, will be a PGA-sanctioned event. Scheduled for December 19 and 20, tournament director Craig Palmer — The Hills’ director...
By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand's most promising young pianist performs at Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s Lodge at The Hills this coming Tuesday. Sylvia Jiang, 24, will be playing a fully-restored 1897 Steinway Concert Grand, with all proceeds going towards furthering her...

Michael Hill … violinist

By BETHANY ROGERS Jewellery magnate Sir Michael Hill's first violin concert in almost a quarter of a century's a sell-out. Hill, his grandson Jacob, professional pianist Kinga Krupa and soprano Tamaki Iida will play two concerts next week in aid of...

Short course’s elite company

By NEVILLE IDOUR Sir Michael Hill’s ‘‘over the moon’’ his par 3 Farm course at Arrowtown’s The Hills has been named one of the top 25 of its kind in the world by America’s Golf Magazine. Designed by Darius Oliver, the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Talk about rare. Take a 265-year-old violin, which has already survived several plagues prior to Covid-19, a mega-jeweller and a 12-year-old prodigy — representing two generations of their family — and you’ve got a series of concerts, the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A new Queenstown Music Festival will replace next year’s 11th edition of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Sponsored by Arrowtown jeweller Sir Michael Hill’s family, the world-renowned contest’s run every two years since 2001, with Queenstown hosting the...

Coming up smelling of roses

The designers of Sir Michael and Christine Lady Hill's garden, near Arrowtown, have been honoured in this month's 2019 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards. In awarding the 'residential single dwelling' category to Suzanne Turley Landscapes, the judges say...

Bayly comes South

Take North Italian-style food, Central Otago and Southland ingredients and top New Zealand chef Ben Bayly. They're ingredients be-hind new Arrowtown restaurant, Aosta, opening next Saturday in premises formerly occupied by well-known Saffron restaurant and, latterly, Rosie B's. Then add the...
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