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One of Queenstown’s biggest corporate hotshots says his biggest annoyance is people assuming he moved here to retire. Roger Sharp talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why he moved to the resort, how Covid-19’s caused him to be very busy...

Wine pro’s bar lifted

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown wine consultant and educator Candice Chow’s received a prestigious learning opportunity. Each year, The Family of Twelve — comprising 12 top-flight New Zealand wineries — chooses 12 wine professionals to undergo a wine tutorial in which they...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Writers Festival organisers have made an arresting choice of MC to interview two top New Zealand crime novelists tomorrow. They’ve chosen former local-based top cop Phil Jones, no stranger to murder investigations, who’s now living back in...
LAST week I moved to Fernhill, and the walk from Mountain Scene HQ to my new home’s been a perfect reminder of why I left London. Long gone are the smelly, hot days of the tube and now, thankfully, so...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An accomplished Wakatipu-raised performer’s just waiting for Melbourne’s airport to reopen before taking on the biggest role of her life. Alexia Brinsley’s one of two females, along with 16 hot male dancers, selected for the Australian edition of Channing Tatum’s...
By GUY WILLIAMS Opening a new hotel in post-Covid Queenstown sounds like a challenge, but the owners of the Holiday Inn Express are confident about the future. The 227-room Holiday Inn Express, in Stanley Street, opens its doors next Friday at a...

Private jet ZQN

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown developer's launching a private jet aircraft service from Australia's east coast to the resort once the travel ban's lifted. Gold Coast-based Kevin Carlin claims it'll be a flyer with well-heeled travellers seeking more sanitary transport in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A legend in local real estate, skiing and golfing circles, Queenstowner Doug Brown, who died last week aged 92, is also being remembered as a gentleman and a great family man. He's survived by sons Nigel, Derek, Maurice...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A leading New Zealand business commentator has come up with an idea that could be of huge benefit to Queenstown's beleaguered tourism industry. It's assumed, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, that NZ's international borders will remain shut for...
Todd Barclay’s a former Queenstown resident and ex-Clutha Southland MP, who’s now living in Sydney working in business development, strategy and stakeholder engagement I remember reading articles of how the Covid-19 situation was unfolding in China, Italy and the UK...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown realtor believes the local property market will ride out the Covid-19 pandemic relatively unscathed. Harcourts Queenstown principal Kelvin Collins says his confidence is based on the fundamentals of the market being sounder than during earlier...

TV wrestling to grip viewers

Queenstown's next pro wrestling show will be filmed for TV as the 'sport' increasingly gains a hold on New Zealand. TVNZ Duke will film the sixth edition of 'Queenstown WrestleFest' on March 14, for screening around July. It's a coup for...
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