University of Otago

By MATTHEW MCKEW The allure of a new South Island-wide football league’s having the desired impact in Otago, with Queenstown Rovers finding themselves locked in a season-long, hard-fought battle for a place in the coveted higher division. Five games in and...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH and PHILIP CHANDLER The past’s set to meet the present in Arrowtown next Friday, in more ways than one. World-acclaimed organist Kemp English and his partner, virtuoso violinist and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra assistant concert master Yuka Eguchi,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH An Aussie professor and tourism expert says the tourism industry needs to change to a ‘‘net benefit model’’. Susanne Becken , Queensland’s Griffith University’s professor of sustainable tourism and Department of Conservation’s principal science investment advisor, spoke the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Fresh from the release of his report on sustainable tourism, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, will speak at a public lecture in Queenstown. Upton’s report, ‘Not 100% — but four steps closer to sustainable tourism’, was...

Land preserved in perpetuity

By GUY WILLIAMS They want it to be protected forever. That’s why Dick and Jillian Jardine will gift the ownership of Remarkables Station to the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust (QEII) in two years’ time. At a ceremony yesterday, they announced they’ll...

‘Jobbortunities’ knocking

By PHILIP CHANDLER A near-neighbouring mayor’s rolling up his sleeves to present 8000-plus job options to Covid-19-impacted Queenstowners. In a unique Otago-wide initiative, Clutha District mayor Bryan Cadogan and his council are running a five-hour work fair, called ‘Jobbortunities’, at Queenstown Memorial...
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 GUY WILLIAMS University of Otago’s applied for consent to build a $12 million retreat for academics near Queenstown’s Jack’s Point, but is backing off a plan to build it by the end of next year. Calling it one of the...
A torrent of overseas visitors combined with farm runoff is pressuring waterways to the point where New Zealand's reputation as a tourist destination is under threat, a university academic says. Otago University tourism professor Brent Lovelock says pictures of NZ's...
A Dunedin law expert says it will be tough for police to prove MP Todd Barclay acted illegally in making secret recordings. University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis made the comments after police announced they were reopening the investigation...

Water quality warning shot

Queenstown Lakes’ new mayor has fired a water-quality warning shot across the Otago Regional Council’s bow. Jim Boult, who was elected last month and owns a home overlooking Lake Hayes, has formally written to the regional council over its "lack...
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