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Happiness is a mowed lawn

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's bush telegraph, social media and the intervention of a district councillor mean Happiness House’s lawn-mowing woes are a thing of the past. The community support centre’s rackety old petrol mower died last year, and with two volunteers...
By GUY WILLIAMS About 1000 mountain bikers are expected to take up the chance of a ride on the wild side this Sunday. As they’ve done every year since 2016, the Porter family’s opening up their deer and sheep farm, Queenstown...
Summer holidays, what a lovely time to enjoy packed beaches and revel with thousands of strangers at one of New Zealand’s many music festivals. As I shared the highlights of my summer adventures on social media, I received messages from...

‘Bitter pill’ for Robinson

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown ski racer Alice Robinson’s gutted after two ‘did not finish’ esults at the FIS World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France. Robinson’s coach, Cantabrian Chris Knight, got a course set for the race — the first time...

Dux award caps stellar year

By PHILIP CHANDLER Anyone who aspires to be a neurosurgeon’s probably pretty brainy — and in the case of Wakatipu High school leaver Om Alva, you’d certainly be right. The 18-year-old, who started his final exams last week, has been named...

Resort’s generosity

By PHILIP CHANDLER Who said Queenstown doesn’t have a heart? Local woman Stacey McDonald’s blown away at the response when she asked Queenstown businesses to help an Aucklander with stage 4 skin cancer enjoy a trip of a lifetime. She’d put her...
By HUGH COLLINS The organiser of Queenstown’s annual Winter Pride’s staggered he hasn’t received support from a ratepayer-funded tourism body. Martin King wrote to Destination Queenstown, City Hall and Queenstown’s Chamber of Commerce at the start of May in a bid...
With Queenstown's accommodation industry being hugely hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and border closure, the Airbnb sector which so many locals have got in to, to earn some spare coin virtually disappeared overnight. Many have speculated this sector won't come back, but two Airbnb...

Top resort cop targeted

A Queenstown cop's been targeted by a US-based, anti-gun control Facebook page, which has shared his contact details with more than 220,000 followers. A post featuring a photo of detective senior sergeant Malcolm Inglis' business card appeared on the page...
He calls himself the Candyman and he may be Queenstown's newest advocate across the ditch. Travers Beynon – Aussie's answer to Hugh Hefner – flew in to the resort last week with an entourage, including son Valentino and daughters Lucciana,...
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