Wakatipu High School

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...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Wayne Foley couldn’t really move from his couch for the past fortnight. Yet on last Saturday, buoyed on by about $43,000 in donations, the Wakatipu High School Foundation chair managed to run, walk and weave 42km in the...
By GUY WILLIAMS In a dream scenario for any young cricketer, Queenstown’s Toby Hart got to rub shoulders with the New Zealand A team last week. The 17-year-old fast bowler, who was named in the national under-19 development squad this winter,...

Heads-up for adventure trip

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown-founded charity’s helping local kids attend the national final of an adventure sports challenge. Having won the regional Get2Go Challenge in September, eight Year 9 Wakatipu High students are off to the Hillary Outdoors education centre on...

Dux award caps stellar year

By PHILIP CHANDLER Anyone who aspires to be a neurosurgeon’s probably pretty brainy — and in the case of Wakatipu High school leaver Om Alva, you’d certainly be right. The 18-year-old, who started his final exams last week, has been named...

Labour Party’s art cash-grab

By PHILIP CHANDLER Two portraits of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are among artworks up for auction at a Southland Labour Party fundraiser at Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on Friday. Organiser Amanda Robinson, who confirms the PM’s been invited, says the ‘Paint The...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu High principal Steve Hall’s requested a meeting with the owner of  vaping store opening a stone’s throw from the school’s entrance. Shosha, a national vaping products retailer, is opening the store in the Wyndham Garden hotel building...

Whakatipu time

By PHILIP CHANDLER Highly-respected Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O’Regan says it’s time Queenstowners put an ‘h’ in ‘Wakatipu’. ‘Whakatipu’ is the undisputed traditional Maori spelling, however ‘Wakatipu’ has been employed since early European days and pops up in everything from...

Student labouring

By MATTHEW MCKEW Nothing's normal this year and even the annual Year 10 Work Day’s been through a change, but perhaps for the better, the organiser says. For well over 50 years, Wakatipu High students in Queenstown have gone on ‘‘an...

Cancer survivor on the pace

By PHILIP CHANDLER For a local who’s had prostate cancer, the 10km race in this month’s New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Queenstown Marathon marks a milestone. Athletics coach Neville Britton, who’s turning 55 before the run, stopped running after he was...

Sponsor fuels runners

By PHILIP CHANDLER Almost 50 local high school students and staff are getting fitter than ever for next month’s Queenstown International Marathon, thanks to the event’s new naming sponsor. Queenstown-headquartered realtor, New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty (NZSIR), has subsidised 29 Wakatipu...
By GUY WILLIAMS Jack's Point’s first childcare centre could open next year if Queenstown’s council gives the go-ahead. Remarkable Start Property Ltd has applied for resource consent for the centre, along with a possible healthcare facility on the first floor, on...
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