Wakatipu Rugby Club

By MARK PRICE Queentown body builder Danny King’s closing in on his dream of going pro. The 30-year-old personal trainer won the 80-90kg weight division of the Auckland champs on May 1, and finished second overall. An overall win would have allowed...

Coaches walk the talk

By PHILIP CHANDLER First blood’s gone to Wakatipu in the annual ‘Battle of the Basin’ with Arrowtown, and that’s even before the rugby season starts. Eight junior coaches from each club — including Arrowtown’s Hamish Wilton, pictured left, and Wakatipu’s Harry...
By GUY WILLIAMS The Wakatipu Rugby Club expects a ‘‘readymade replacement’’ for its Queenstown CBD clubrooms should they get bowled to make way for the second stage of an arterial bypass road. In a submission to an Environmental Protection Agency consenting...

Big heart behind gruff front

One of the few Queenstowners best known by initials, 'BC', aka Bryan Cecil Douglas, died last month after spending his last five-and-a-half years at the local Bupa care home.  PHILIP CHANDLER talks to family members and friends about his...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH After Covid decimated its ranks, the Whakatipu women’s rugby team’s looking to make a comeback. Coach Grant Scannell says the ramifications of the global pandemic on the ladies — many of whom were made redundant and forced to...

Game plans for rugby club HQ

By PHILIP CHANDLER The future of Wakatipu Rugby Club’s valuable Queenstown CBD clubrooms, if they’re bowled for an arterial road, was kicked around at its AGM this month. The clubrooms, overlooking the club’s Recreation Ground playing field, would be doomed, along...

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...
From once selling fridges and washing machines to, more latterly, selling legal services, Phil Wilson’s had a very varied business life. On the eve of his retirement, the keen horse racing man discusses his various track gallops, including his...
By PHILIP CHANDLER After 173 games for the Wakatipu Rugby Club, popular club captain Jeremy ‘Mushy’ Drake will hang up his boots after the Wanderers’ season finishes this Saturday. His Southland first division side, who’ve yet to win this year, play...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Having defended The Cup by drawing with Arrowtown, the Wakatipu Premiers this Saturday get a chance to claim one of New Zealand's oldest rugby trophies. They'll travel through the Kawarau Gorge to take on old foes - the...
By MATTHEW MCKEW AN overwhelming community response's helping to lift the spirits of a popular Finnish bartender left blind in one eye by a stroke. Essi Lehtonen's been part of the Frankton Arm Tavern team for three years, having moved to Queenstown...

Workmen playing ball

By PHILIP CHANLDER Workmen on a Queenstown wastewater project will double as rugby ball boys this winter. A trench has been dug across the western end of the Recreation Ground to accommodate a pump station as part of a major council infrastructure...
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