South America

By PHILIP CHANDLER Spare a thought for five Queenstown triathletes entering New Zealand’s biggest ironman after being mucked around this month. Aaron Fleming, who’s tackling Taupo’s Ironman NZ for an incredible 10th time, Paul Preston, who has completed three full ironmans...

Repat flights now personal

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A QUEENSTOWN travel agency’s done a Covid-induced pirouette, hoping to do its bit to help. While xtravel co-owner Victoria Keating says shifting to focus solely on repatriation flights may have started as a way to help the business...
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...
By GUY WILLIAMS Nicholas Holmes was already having the year from hell. After four months in Covid-ravaged French Guiana, the Queenstowner managed to get on a flight to Paris last month, and in a rare moment of good luck, was allowed...
By GUY WILLIAMS Arrowtown's Nicholas Holmes thought he'd had enough drama in 2020, but now finds himself stranded in French Guiana in a coronavirus lockdown. Holmes arrived in the country on February 19 to visit his daughter Eva, 3, who lives in...
On Sunday evenings, dozens of worshippers gather for mass at St Andrew's Church, but it's not a service in English they've come for.  Brazilian-born minister Clay Peterson de Oliveira talks to LUISA GIRAO about his life in Queenstown and...
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