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Nash’s bold call

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism Minister Stuart Nash predicts Queenstown could enjoy a record ski season thanks to the trans-Tasman bubble, and hints he’ll announce more measures to help the Covid-ravaged tourism industry next week. In the resort on a family holiday...
By GUY WILLIAMS Skyline Enterprises is investigating an incident in which a drill rig toppled over while carrying out stabilisation work on rocky bluffs beneath the Skyline gondola line in Queenstown on March 4. The company’s group health and safety manager...

Muskets holding its fire

By PHILIP CHANDLER The owner of Queenstown’s Muskets and Moonshine restaurant/bar is hibernating his business to stop losing money. Chris Buckley, who also owns the resort’s still-thriving Pub on Wharf, says ‘‘we don’t want to put ourselves in a position, while...

Kiwi park’s wild ride

By PHILIP CHANDLER As it ticked over 35 years last week, Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park shared a lot in common with the endangered species it supports — both are in the business of survival. In 2019, with visitor numbers totalling 55,000-odd,...
Farmer, family man, gold fossicker, hunter, historian, shearer, bugler and, above all, a character. On the eve of his 90th birthday, lifelong Queenstowner Alan ‘Hammy’ Hamilton talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his life and times One of Queenstown’s longest-lived locals and...

‘Faecal Peak’

Department of Conservation's dithering over a loo on Ben Lomond as the shit literally keeps piling up. More than 30,000 people a year are walking the trail up the 1748m mountain behind Queenstown. As the hordes increase, the area's becoming increasingly...

Timber!

The first signs of Skyline's multi-million-dollar upgrade – years in the planning – should be visible by next week on the lower flanks of Queenstown's Ben Lomond as a massive tree-felling project kicks up a notch. Skyline commercial boss Craig...
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