Southland

By PHILIP CHANDLER Alexandra's Alana Kairaoi and Invercargill’s Mitchell Kempton are pictured after winning the women’s and men’s titles at the annual Queenstown Squash Open recently. In a sold-out field of 82, Kairaoi, ranked 20th amongst New Zealand’s female players, was...

Cream of the dancing crop

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Two young Queenstown dancers have new silverware for their mantelpieces after recent success at the Central Southland Piping and Dancing Comp, held in Winton. Grace Reid, 9, collected the trophy for the under-14 restricted sword dance, while Ava...

Run every mountain

By PHILIP CHANDLER Someon carrying good form into the 50km race held as part of tomorrow's Northburn 100 mountain run, near Cromwell, is Queenstowner Maureen Stachowicz. The 27-year-old Frenchwoman, who loves nothing better than running in the mountains, won the women’s...

Relieving biz stress

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Canterburgy-based HR consultancy firm’s using its experience post-earthquakes to help Queenstown businesses struggling under the weight of Covid-19-induced pressure. Brannigans opened the doors to its new Queenstown office, at Mountain Club’s Beach Street co-working space, last week,...

Sanctuary’s blow

By GUY WILLIAMS The consortium behind a $30 million plan to eradicate or intensively control predators across a vast swathe of the Queenstown Lakes district is back to square one after a series of funding setbacks. The Southern Lakes Sanctuary, unveiled in...

Charity bonanza

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Guests donned their best in Arrowtown last Saturday afternoon for a special garden party and art trail event, held to raise money for the Southland Charity Hospital. Established in 2019 following Southlander Blair Vining’s highly-publicised battle with terminal...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A Queenstowner's poised to launch the first Otago-based mobile beer canning service. Canadian-born local Wesley McAllister’s launching Loose Moose Canning Co, a subsidiary of his beer and wine company Crimson Badger Brewing, which is based in Glenda Drive. McAllister...

Firey’s March climb

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown firefighter who’s participated in firefighters’ stair climbs around the world is starting one in his backyard. Frankton station officer Jamie Harris is hosting a Queenstown Hill climb, ‘March March’, on March 27. It’s aimed at firefighters and...

Mighty mission

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown nurse with a pacemaker has set herself the ultimate challenge — running the 3000km length of New Zealand. Brooke Thomas, who sets off from NZ’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, on Thursday, has wanted to run the...

Amping for The Remarks

By GUY WILLIAMS The only Queenstown rider in the Tour of Southland can’t wait for its most gut-busting climb. Newly-minted pro rider Reuben Thompson, flew into the resort on Saturday after quarantining in an Auckland hotel following his flight home from...

Kiwi homecoming for Mi-Sex

By MATTHEW MCKEW The title of their 1983 album was Where Do They Go. Now we know the answer. Kiwi new-wave rockers Mi-Sex are set for their first home gig since the Covid-19 outbreak, with their Aussie-based members crossing the Tasman to perform at...

Young iwi rep building bridges

Born-and-bred Queenstowner Mike Rewi’s fitting of the ‘renaissance man’ label. A long- time Wakatipu Prems rugby winger, he’s dabbled in a music career, but he tells HUGH COLLINS he now spends as much time as he can volunteering with his iwi,...
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