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By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby coaches support this season’s truncated schedule, but query why they didn’t get duck-shooting weekend off. The newly-released Central Otago draw features just one round, as against the traditional, home-and-away two-round format — apart...
Former Queenstown tourism leader John MacDonald’s been a prominent councillor for the past four-and-a-half years, and a staunch advocate for better local health services. After announcing his resignation so he can cope better with his Parkinson’s condition, he talks...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown freeskier, ranked sixth in the world, is in Europe getting ready for his second season on the freeride world tour. Blake Marshall will compete in his first event at Ordino Arcalis ski resort, in Andorra, from...

Challenges excite new boss

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism New Zealand’s former boss, who this week took the helm of Queenstown’s largest tourism company, appears undaunted by his sector’s struggles. Stephen England-Hall’s moved to the resort to run Wayfare Group — whose stable includes Queenstown’s Earnslaw...
After a successful business career in Queenstown, specialising in HR, Maryann Geddes is shifting to Christchurch next month. She tells PHILIP CHANDLER what’s behind the move, recounts her climbing exploits and reveals a special local connection she’ll be retaining For...
Starting his working life, aged 16, in an engineering shop, Tom Mulqueen ended up looking after an aircraft fleet in New Caledonia.  That link also led to him holidaying, then retiring, in Queenstown. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...
Queenstown professional freeskier Pete Oswald’s putting his body on the line for a lofty goal of getting thousands of trees planted in Madagascar. He tells GUY WILLIAMS about a fundraising project that’s helping to save the world and a...

One more week

By TRACEY ROXBURGH NZSki's decided to keep The Remarkables running for another full week, before opening at weekends only. The skifield turned on the chairlifts for 2020 on July 4, coinciding with school holidays, and initially intended to dial it back...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A legend in local real estate, skiing and golfing circles, Queenstowner Doug Brown, who died last week aged 92, is also being remembered as a gentleman and a great family man. He's survived by sons Nigel, Derek, Maurice...
Teen skiing sensation Alice Robinson took out Junior Sportswoman of the Year at this year's Otago Sports Awards, while her coach Tim Cafe won Coach of the Year. It comes off the back of a mind-boggling season for Robinson. The 17-year-old...
After finishing her season on a high, Queenstown golden girl Ruby Andrews already has her sights set on a massive 2020. The 14-year-old skier won two gold medals at last month's USA Snowboard and Freeski Association national champs, which she...
Queenstown skier Blake Marshall's rapid rise through the ranks continues with a place on the Freeride World Tour. The tour brings together the best skiers and snowboarders in the world to compete on some of the most challenging alpine faces...
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