South Island

By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtowners are seeing red over new speed signs outside the town’s historic miners’ cottages. Queenstown’s council originally installed large blue, red and white 30km signs in Buckingham Street in late August after resolving to reduce the town centre’s...

Here come the fans

By MATTHEW MCKEW Crowds will pile into Queenstown Ice Arena tonight for the first time this season when SkyCity Stampede take on a rest-of-the-South Island team. The best players from the Canterbury Red Devils and Dunedin Thunder will combine to take...

Young rockstars

By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu High’s musical talent rocks. Two Year 13 students have achieved amazing success in the national Smokefreerock quest competition for the second year running. Last year, as Haven, Ryan Connaghan and Harrison Maguire, both 17, along with Jack Wilson —...

Couple’s venture sure to rise

By MATTHEW MCKEW Covid's left a sour taste in the mouths of many, but for the European Bakery, lockdown whetted the appetite for expansion. Loved by many for their range of sourdoughs, the husband-and-wife-owned bakery opened their first shop in Frankton...

No crowd, no worries

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's finally go time for the SkyCity Stampede ice hockey team — but for the first time in its history, the team will be playing in an almost empty arena. Stampede manager Niel Frear says his team and the...

Honouring artistic genius

By MATTHEW MCKEW A special exhibition’s being held at Queenstown’s Tim Wilson Gallery to celebrate the evolution of the painter’s works. Wilson, a local resident, died last month aged 65, after an almost 10-year battle with cancer. The celebrated oil painter was...
It’s terrible to think that New Zealand’s colourful native kea, one of the world’s most intelligent birds, is on the endangered list.  Someone doing their level best to change that is Tamsin Orr-Walker, who talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...

The boys are back

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's most popular sports team will soon be back in action, with a South Island ice hockey series facing off next month. SkyCity Stampede, the 2019 New Zealand Ice Hockey League champions, regularly pull in crowds in their...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown's only wildlife park has had "overwhelming" support after being forced into Covid-19 survival mode. For all of last month, Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street operated on donations only, a move that was purely about raising awareness,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner gearing up to organise his sixth biennial Tour of New Zealand cycle race next April is just grateful he "skipped the right year" due to the current event-restricting Covid-19 pandemic. Peter Yarrell has opened entries to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A 28-year-old Queenstowner's been recognised as a 'rising superstar' in New Zealand's mortgage and financial industry. NZ Adviser - an online newsletter for mortgage and finance professionals - has chosen Josh Graham, a broker with Arrowtown-based Roost Mortgage...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Plans for a $12 million Queenstown film studio have been brought forward to address the Covid-19-induced collapse of the local tourism industry. The proposal, for a large Gibbston Valley site opposite the Victoria Flats landfill, has been sent to...
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