Wakatipu

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 MATTHEW MCKEW Is it Wakatipu or Whakatipu — and how do you pronounce the latter? That’ll be the subject of a discussion at Frankton Library this week with Darren Rewi — a Queenstown-based Ngai Tahu kaumatua or elder — in the...

Mega-auction tests market

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown mega-auction next month’s being touted as a ‘headlight indicator’ for the upcoming state of New Zealand’s property market. The local Bayleys office is putting 27 residential properties on the block, including owner/ occupier residences, investment homes and...

Needs fund tops $1m

By TRACEY ROXBURGH In just over six months more than $1 million has been raised for the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Established by Queenstown’s fundraising queen Kaye Parker during Alert Level 4 lockdown to provide financial support to front-line charities in...

Hills ProAm on course

By NEVILLE IDOUR For the first time the annual Hills Invitational ProAm, being played next month at Sir Michael Hill’s Arrowtown course, will be a PGA-sanctioned event. Scheduled for December 19 and 20, tournament director Craig Palmer — The Hills’ director...

Mayor powers to the podium

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult was among four local racing drivers who enjoyed spectacular success at the New Zealand endurance champs last weekend. Racing at Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park, local Barry Moore and Dunedin co-driver Tim Mackersy won Class...
By MATTHEW MCKEW You wait for one and three come along at once. No, not a bus, but a music tour in its third year celebrating and exploring New Zealand’s on-and-off love affair with public transport. Anthonie Tonnon’s bringing Rail Land to Arrowtown,...

Expansion plans for Five Mile

By GUY WILLIAMS Five Mile’s developer has unveiled plans for a major expansion of the Frankton retail and commercial hub. Queenstown Gateway (5M) Ltd (QGL) has applied for resource consent for five new buildings: three of them, built over the existing...

Hockey to get Q’town home

By MATTHEW MCKEW A new dawn for hockey’s on its way with outline plans for an artificial pitch at the Queenstown Events Centre. Hockey players in the Wakatipu currently travel to Cromwell to play matches and make do with two tennis...

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...

Rank pulled on cab permits

By PHILIP CHANDLER Financially-struggling cabbies are up in arms over Queenstown’s council renewing $500-a-cab permits they believe are worthless. Council last year introduced the 12-month permits to try to clean up the industry after concerns over the antics of many independent cabbies. Local...

Haunting for a cause

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Baby Box Charitable Trust’s had a booking at the Queenstown Memorial Centre since last September for its inaugural Halloween ball — and the trustees can’t think of a better time to get the community together for...
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