Wakatipu Rugby Club

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...

Almost worth the wait

By TRACEY ROXBURGH and PHILIP CHANDLER If this doesn't wet the club rugby whistle, there's something wrong. After a nightmare start to the 2020 Central Otago Premiers rugby comp - which, in fact, didn't start at all due to the Covid-19 lockdown...
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