Wakatipu High School

Te reo name for new school

By HUGH COLLINS A new Queenstown school’s been gifted an official te reo name from local iwi. Ngai Tahu’s blessed the 600-pupil Hanley’s Farm school as ‘Te Kura Whakatipu O Kawarau’, which it’ll be officially known as. Te Kura means a place of...

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...

Sleep, eat, ride, repeat

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown pro cyclist Reuben Thompson’s planning to hole up in Europe this northern winter and ‘‘train like a madman’’. After a breakout season last year, the 19-year-old’s now in Italy trying to make the most of a Covid-disrupted season,...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Growing the membership and adding to the successful Tucker Beach project are the two key aims of the new Rotary Club of Queenstown president. Lee-Ann Lines moved back to her home town two-and-a-half years ago from Auckland, where...
A likeable, quick-witted, occasionally out-landish long-time local, spiky-haired Grant Stewart's best known for his former broad-casting career. He's also an experienced pilot who's returning to the air now his job's been disestablished. PHILIP CHANDLER looks at the 58-year-old's varied career  If anyone typifies...

Impact takes off

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Talk about girl power. In its inaugural year in Queenstown, Impact100 Wakatipu has raised $150,000 - $100,000 of which will be donated in one lump sum to a local charity or not-for-profit group this November, for which expressions...

Charity worker dies

By GUY WILLIAMS A former Queenstown woman who was found dead in her apartment in Cambodia on Monday after a suspected heart attack was dedicated to helping underprivileged children, friends say. Cambodian media reported the body of Anne Copplestone, 48, was discovered...
By HUGH COLLINS A local mountaineer has documented what he believes may be the first climb of its kind in the Wakatipu Basin. Guillaume Charton's 15-minute film, titled (re)Discovering Remarkables, will be shown during this weekend's NZ Mountain Film Festival in...
By HUGH COLLINS Like most of us, Sofia Machray has spent the last seven weeks complying  with the national Covid-19 lockdown. But this was never going to stop last Friday's release of her debut single, Handstands. The Arrowtown songwriter and guitarist describes...
By PHILIP CHANDLER How many 13-year-olds get to present the weather on national TV? That's the opportunity Wakatipu High Year 9 student Jack Smillie was given, and knocked off with polished ease, on TVNZ 1's Breakfast show last Tuesday. The Queenstowner, who's...

Colourful Italian import

Queenstown continues to attract its share of multi-millionaire entrepreneurs.  One such is Italian Mauro Balzarini, who was formerly Australia's largest livestock exporter.  He's now helping his wife run a new pizza and pasta place, which PHILIP CHANDLER visited last...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It took three days to shoot just over three minutes of footage, but in some ways Molly Devine's latest music video's been a lifetime in the making. The born-and-bred Queenstowner hired renowned director Shae Sterling to work with...
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