Waiheke Island

Story of a legend

By PHILIP CHANDLER A former Queenstowner’s told the tale of an unsung heroine of the Whakatipu goldfields. The Nine Lives of Kitty K. is an historical novel about the incredible life of Kitty Kirk (1855-1930), who was known for her daring...

Movement for active travel

By PHILIP CHANDLER A first Queenstown mini-expo on ‘active travel’ tomorrow even lets attendees try a range of electric bikes. The event, at Frankton’s Buzzstop cafe, is being organised by a new community advocacy group, The Lightfoot Initiative. ‘‘We’re keen to start...

Arrowtown band going places

By PHILIP CHANDLER A new Arrowtown alternative rock band comprising three uber-talented musos is hitting the road to see how far they’ll go. The Seaside Stranglers — frontman/bassist Sam Maxwell, 25, his brother, lead rhythm guitarist Tom, 32, and drummer Sam...
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...
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