Wakatipu High School

Resort loses man of mana

By PHILIP CHANDLER A charismatic Queenstown community stalwart who died on Sunday is being remembered as big-hearted, inspirational and fun-loving. And also for his pioneering role in introducing foreign players into Japanese rugby. Merv Aoake passed away, after a short battle with...
Most Wakatipu High students could be studying in temporary classrooms next year, just three years after the school moved into new premises. This less-than-ideal situation arises as the school prepares for a building programme that'll extend its capacity from 1200 to...
She competes downhill, but junior Queenstown mountain biker Jess Blewitt's career is very much taking an uphill trajectory. The 17-year-old's just cleaned up the national downhill under-19 series for the second season running, and also took out the national and...
Work's begun on the third and final stage of Queenstown's Shotover Primary School. Brosnan Construction has started on the earthworks for a 1428 square metre building, running along the school's northern boundary, which will expand the school's capacity from 650...

Reaching the top

For Queenstown singer-songwriter Miki Brown, the relationship between the mountains and music will be ever intertwined. After leaving Wakatipu High School and then completing a course at Auckland’s Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand, Brown says she was lacking...

Resort siblings’ dux deluxe

It's said brothers are born to be a pain to their sisters, but in the case of Queenstown's Harcombe family, it's a case of following in their footsteps. When Gareth Harcombe was named Wakatipu High School's Wayfare-sponsored dux this year, he...

For Pete’s sake

Queenstown community stalwart Peter Doyle was not-so-rudely interrupted while drumming for the Arrow Miners Band last Sunday. To the huge surprise of Doyle, whose band had been entertaining the Queenstown Lions Club's seniors Christmas party, he was presented with the...

Demolishing waste culture

It's waste not want not at Queenstown's old Wakatipu High School site. Ryal Bush Demolition began ripping the Gorge Road/Fryer Street school apart at the end of June. Project manager Russell Clouston says they should be all done by the end...

Bands feeling jazzed

Young Queenstown jazz musicians have enjoyed a golden turn at a recent festival. Two bands from Wakatipu High School recently took a road trip to Blenheim for the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival. High school teacher Monica Parker says the musicians...
Five teen musos are on cloud nine after making it through to the next round of Smokefree-rockquest. Wakatipu High School trio Haven, consisting of Ryan Connaghan, Harrison Maguire and Jack Wilson, have made it through to the top-20 bands, while...
It's fair to say Archie Ritchie's not taking much of a breather over the school holidays. The Wakatipu High School head boy, 18, has only just returned from the NZ Model United Nations, and yesterday he jetted off for a...
In a huge honour for Wakatipu High's 1st XV rugby team, Saturday's home match against Alexandra's Dunstan High 1st XV will be televised live on Sky Sport 1. The team's been playing for the first time in the Otago premier...
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