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It’s party time!

By MARK PRICE The timing for our Aussie visitors couldn’t have been better. Just three days after the first international flight in more than a year landed at Queenstown Airport, Arrowtown’s holding the mother of all autumn parties. The 36th Arrowtown Autumn...
By GUY WILLIAMS A volunteer army from Queenstown Primary School is giving KAPOW some extra punch. The school approached the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust last year asking if it needed students to help with one of its native planting projects. The trust suggested...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new Queenstown charitable trust with a focus on mental health has received a $40,000 funding boost from Central Lakes Trust. The Southern Wellbeing Trust was co-founded in September by local GP Tim Rigg and health communications specialist...

Men’s drop-in space

By PHILIP CHANDLER A men's drop-in centre is starting up in Queenstown. Starting this week, it’ll run every Tuesday, 4pm till 9pm, in the family room of Frankton’s Joe’s Garage cafe until at least the end of the year. Queenstowner Matthew Hawke, who runs a men’s support group, has had the idea in...
By GUY WILLIAMS The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust will celebrate a major milestone this weekend when its 50,000th native plant goes into the ground. The moment will come tomorrow morning at Whitechapel Reserve, near Arrow Junction, where the trust’s holding the first...
By GUY WILLIAMS Skiers and boarders will no longer have to rely on Mother Nature to top up the Sugar Bowl at The Remarkables ski area. Although the new 1.1km-long chairlift accessing the area started running last July, work began in...

Happiness is a mowed lawn

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's bush telegraph, social media and the intervention of a district councillor mean Happiness House’s lawn-mowing woes are a thing of the past. The community support centre’s rackety old petrol mower died last year, and with two volunteers...

Doors thrown open

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Exclusive access is being granted to some of the Whakatipu’s most impressive and interesting homes this coming Sunday, fundraising for Shotover Primary School. Organiser Jane Hamilton says the Shotover Primary Friends of the School’s house tour is no ‘‘cookie-cutter’’...

Ahoy there, Coastguard

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's taken 11 years and a few battles, but Coastguard Queenstown is finally ready to open its new base. The official opening for the Coastguard Queenstown Marine Rescue Centre’s planned for tonight — organisers were busy last week...

Nailing nasty weeds

By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu Reforestation Trust’s getting some much-needed manpower to control weeds on Arrowtown’s Feehly Hill. The Queenstown branch of construction company Naylor Love is sending staff to work on the hill, where the trust’s been planting natives since 2015,...

Unearthing history

By PHILIP CHANDLER Arrowtown's historic Cooper’s Terrace might be in rack and ruins, but a former local’s determined to uncover its history. Tauranga-based project manager Jan Morrison has archaeological authority to work on the rare European goldmining settlement on the banks of the Arrow River, about one kilometre from Arrowtown. Cooper’s Terrace, comprising...

Getting a fix for nix

By TRACEY ROXBURGH If it’s broke, fix it — or find someone who can. Tomorrow the Repair Revolution’s popping up at the Queenstown Events Centre, aiming to help people get more life out of their belongings and divert good things from...
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