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Look who’s back

By GUY WILLIAMS After some time away, three SkyCity Stampede fan favourites are preparing for their Queenstown comebacks this weekend. As we count down to Stampede’s first pair of regular season ice hockey games, at the Queenstown Ice Arena this Friday...
I cried on Monday. Not that classy kind of crying either, like you see in the movies, where one solitary tear rolls down the cheek in dramatic fashion. No, siree, Bob. It was the proper ugly snarfle-type cry, and it caught me...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A registered nurse with 40 years’ experience has started as the Whakatipu’s new specialist palliative care community nurse. Jill Brown has previously worked in hospital medical wards, cardiac and critical care units, as a health educator and, for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu High school’s taking a politically-correct approach to its next musical. A student cast and crew of about 90 is staging the popular 1971 musical, Grease, about a high school romance set in ’50s America, next week. Three months...
No one, it would appear, got their five-year plans right in 2015. I found out the borders were closed when I emerged from walking the Moonlight Track. The following weekend we were heading to Australia, our first complete family holiday in...
There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown-based national charity’s donated these wheels — a brand-new Kia Sportage — to help the Cancer Society’s Central Otago team support people affected by cancer. From left, Hugo Charitable Trust chairman Mark Owens and trust donations officer...
By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown woman is setting up a fertility support group in the resort after feeling ‘‘pretty lost and alone’’ during her struggle with the issue. Eva Hooper says it took three years for her and her husband to...

Roys Peak mega-run

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Till last Saturday, Tanya Bottomley had never run up Wanaka’s Roys Peak. But last weekend the City Hall animal control officer ran up, and back down, eight times, the equivalent of about 120km and 10,000 metres of climbing,...

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...
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 TRACEY ROXBURGH In three weeks, a group of community-minded Queenstowners have raised almost $430,000, sought expressions of interest from frontline charities in need, and granted more than $150,000 to help with the immediate need in the Wakatipu. Well-known Kelvin Heights...
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