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By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown swimmer Liana Smith’s become a bit of a pro at tumble turns. Ironically, that’s not a skill she’ll be needing next week as she attempts the 40.3km Lake Taupo marathon swim, the first of three planned swims...
Three hearty cheers for councillor Val Miller, supported by councillor Penny Clark, in their call for a relaxation of the council/NZ Transport Agency anti-car policy in the Queenstown commercial area. It is a breath of fresh air, particularly after five...

A life-defining Japanese link

Adventurer, author, tour operator, pilot, karate instructor, sake maker, marriage celebrant, father/co-manager of a tennis pro. Queenstowner Craig McLachlan, 58, talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his varied life and how it’s been enhanced by his links with Japan Growing up...

Walkers put feet up

By PHILIP CHANDLER After almost four months walking the length-of-New Zealand Te Araroa Trail, a Queenstown teaching couple temporarily pulled stumps, or rather sticks, at Tekapo last Saturday. Ken McIntyre, 60, and his wife Susan, 57, aborted their walk to return to...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Wayne Foley couldn’t really move from his couch for the past fortnight. Yet on last Saturday, buoyed on by about $43,000 in donations, the Wakatipu High School Foundation chair managed to run, walk and weave 42km in the...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown pro mountain biker Eddie Masters and three fellow pros are running half marathons in their quarantine hotel rooms tomorrow in a bid to crowd-fund $15,000 for Christchurch’s Burwood Spinal Unit and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The 31-year-old downhill...
Queenstown professional freeskier Pete Oswald’s putting his body on the line for a lofty goal of getting thousands of trees planted in Madagascar. He tells GUY WILLIAMS about a fundraising project that’s helping to save the world and a...
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...

Closing the loop

By GUY WILLIAMS Work on major extensions to the Queenstown Trail connecting Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown could begin this summer. After two years of work talking to landowners and lining up funding, the Queenstown Trails Trust has applied for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A TV doco this Easter Sunday depicts a fundraising climb of Africa's most famous mountain to mark a Queenstown-based charity's 15th anniversary. In Mountain of Hope - screening on TVNZ 1 at 8.15am and TVNZ 1+1 at 9.30am...
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