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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 LUISA GIRAO A jury trial for a man who stabbed two others in Queenstown in 2019’s expected to conclude today. Jack James Harrington, 21, of Nelson, has copped to stabbing George McKenzie Nielson and Ryan Graham Boe about 2.20am on August...

Ecstatic but trepidatious

By TRACEY ROXBURGH You could almost hear the sighs of relief at 4pm on Tuesday in Queenstown. After holding the collective breath for more than a year, the resort was finally able to exhale as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a...

Heart victim stuck

By PHILIP CHANDLER A popular former Queenstown bar manager’s surviving ‘‘hand to mouth’’ in Australia while he waits for a heart transplant. Dean Cavanagh, who’s relying on a mechanical heart in the interim, say he’s down to his last $400 as he...

Back in the House

By GUY WILLIAMS Nick Seymour feels like he’s just come out of rehab. Although he’s never actually been in rehab, that’s how Crowded House’s bass guitarist feels about his fortnight’s spell in quarantine last month. Fresh off the plane from Ireland, where he’s...
By GUY WILLIAMS A small jet flew from Sydney to Queenstown on Tuesday, picked up a passenger and flew back to the Australian city. The Embraer Phenom 300 landed just after midday with an Australian pilot onboard, picked up the passenger —...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown music teacher’s offering free piano and singing workshops. Chaz Barcenilla, who has 40 years’ teaching experience, is putting on free masterclasses for intermediate and advanced students on the first Friday of every month at 8.15pm. He’s also...

Hanging on for the bubble

By GUY WILLIAMS The boss of one of Queenstown’s biggest hospo companies is bullish about the resort’s prospects, predicting a trans-Tasman bubble could be only three months away. Good Group chief executive and part-owner Russell Gray says the company, which owns...

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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Teaching by Skype or Zoom became all the rage during lockdown this year. But for a Queenstown-based piano and vocal teacher, eight of whose local students perform in a recital this Sunday, that’s old hat. Chaz Barcenilla moved permanently...

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...
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