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By GUY WILLIAMS The recent death of Prince Philip has brought back memories of life at sea for a Queenstown man. London-born Brian Jessop was 18 when, in 1949, he was called up for National Service, the UK’s then-peacetime conscription system. Leaving his...
By GUY WILLIAMS And then there were two. Businesswoman Emily Rutherford (left) has pulled out of the contest for the vacant seat on Queenstown’s council. The 31-year-old says she had a change of heart after realising her business ambitions meant she couldn’t...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It might seem far-fetched someone who’s been described as ‘‘one of the finest violinists in the world’’ should play in a disused cheese factory. But that’s what’s happening this Sunday when Russian-born Natalia Lomeiko performs in the Thomas...

Pushing sake in Japan

By GUY WILLIAMS It's remarkable enough that Queenstown craft sake brewery Zenkuro exports its product to Japan, but now the company’s involved in a campaign to encourage Japanese to drink  more of their national beverage. Zenkuro co-founder and head brewer Dave...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown music promoter says it’s costing him thousands of dollars extra to relocate a big-name DJ. Bryce Wrigley had been due to put on Andy C (pictured) — rated the world’s best drum and bass DJ over...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Art therapy’s being put to use to help improve the wellbeing of Queenstown’s elderly, in particular, and those with physical and learning disabilities. Jenna Welsh-O’Hare, who believes she’s the only local offering the service, is convinced art therapy...

UK muso feels the love

By MATTHEW MCKEW ‘‘It's like being on another planet,’’ says a London drum ‘n’ bass DJ set to perform in Queenstown tonight after escaping what he describes as ‘‘endless misery’’ in the UK. Kanine, who’s played the likes of UK’s Glastonbury...

Purely targeting the locals

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Many  think they’re mad. But James Nicholson and his business partners, James and Jane Paterson and their son, Jack, decided to look for the opportunities Covid-19’s presented — and when the chance came up to buy Canyon Brewing,...

Drugs warnings

By MATTHEW MCKEW Deadly bathsalts peddled as MDMA in Queenstown are putting young people in hospital as foreigners and others fund their time in the resort by drug dealing. Further, Queenstown’s top cop, detective senior sergeant Malcolm Inglis, says wastewater tests suggest...

‘Grossly unfair’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown joinery company’s fighting an Immigration New Zealand (INZ) decision to exile a highly-valued employee, who’s also an elite athlete, on health grounds. UK-born Clint Williams has worked for Formatt Bespoke Joinery Co, where he’s workshop manager,...

Beekeeper buzzing

By GUY WILLIAMS A collective of honey producers in Queenstown is shaking off the sting of fewer tourists and spreading its wings in local outlets. Raymond Key set up the Local Honey Collective 18 months ago to support small-scale beekeepers like...
By MATTHEW MCKEW You wait for one and three come along at once. No, not a bus, but a music tour in its third year celebrating and exploring New Zealand’s on-and-off love affair with public transport. Anthonie Tonnon’s bringing Rail Land to Arrowtown,...
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