United States

By PHILIP CHANDLER Maybe the delays were worth it. Queenstown ultrarunner Adam Keen’s had to cool his heels twice this year following Covid-caused postponements to an Auckland-based last-person- standing event, The Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra. It’s on again this weekend, but this time...

US foundation’s funding

By TRACEY ROXBURGH An off-road cycle trail connecting Tucker Beach to Arthurs Point and Arrowtown’s one step closer thanks to a whopping donation by a United States-based foundation. The Morgridge Family Foundation’s given $36,000 to the Queenstown Trails Trust, through the Wakatipu...

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,...

‘One Lane Bridge’ 2.0

By PHILIP CHANDLER If you’re still reeling at last week’s news that Queenstown’s missing out on hosting visiting Rugby Championship sides, there’s some ‘reely’ good news this week. A second series of Queenstown-based TV crime thriller One Lane Bridge has been...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Food delivery competition’s heating up in Queenstown with a third operator vying for a slice of the pie. Controversial United States-owned Uber Eats two weeks ago announced it’s entering the market early next month. In response, fired-up Flame Bar &...
It’s almost 40 years since The Exponents started taking New Zealand by storm with hits like Victoria and Why Does Love Do This To Me?  Original bassist, 58-year-old Dave Gent, talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about the band and how he got...
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...

Teens dish out cash

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A philanthropic programme, run by teens, is gearing up to grant $10,000 to local charities. Generation Give, a Wakatipu High School programme run in partnership with the Wakatipu Community Foundation, was established last year, based on similar youth...
By GUY WILLIAMS Jon Mitchell is that rare thing in Queenstown these days — a bona fide local. The Labour Party candidate for Southland was born in the former maternity hospital in Sydney Street, and spent his early childhood in an...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowner Jack Allan, who died last week, aged 93, is being remembered as ‘‘a true son and gentleman of the Wakatipu’’. He’s part of a family who’ve been in the district for six generations, dating back to the...
You could say Jim Burns’ career spanned both political roles, in Parliament, and politically incorrect ones, in the tobacco industry. The Queenstown retiree talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about Jim Bolger, pipe smoking and where he thinks the council chambers...
Globetrotting former journalist Emma Hart's come a long way since covering the Ben Smart/Olivia Hope murder trial on TV every night. PHILIP CHANDLER charts her move to Europe and then back again to run cutting-edge stem cell therapy company headquartered in Queenstown's Glenda Drive  A...
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