Wanaka

By GUY WILLIAMS An organisation dedicated to nourishing Whakatipu residents and their families has massively upscaled its operations after setting up a base in a Frankton warehouse. Speaking at the official opening of food rescue service KiwiHarvest’s Queenstown branch in Glenda...

An up & down season

By PHILIP CHANDLER Frustratingly for their supporters, the Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby sides have yo-yoed between wins and losses over their first four games this season. Arrowtown, who beat Alexandra 49-17 at home last weekend, will want to break that...
By KERRIE WATERWORTH Former Queenstown councillor John MacDonald says he misses ‘‘the team’’ and knowing what’s happening in great detail in the district, but ‘‘I do not miss reading pages and pages of meeting notes’’. MacDonald, elected to the Queenstown-Wakatipu ward in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Two Queenstown developers make long-awaited appearances in National Business Review’s online Rich List. Part-time local Fraser Sanderson, who’s developing commercial and residential property behind his former Queenstown Country Club retirement village, is valued at $225 million. The Porter brothers,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Local knowledge helped disc golfer Mikey Yu win the 26th Queenstown Classic Disc Golf Tournament’s overall title and men’s pro open division by nine strokes last weekend. The 41-year-old, who’s lived in Queenstown for 13 years, lives just seven...
By KERRIE WATERWORTH and MARK PRICE Queenstown Lakes councillors have agreed to start community engagement on a draft masterplan and associated planning provisions for Ladies Mile between Frankton and Lake Hayes. City Hall planning and development boss Tony Avery says the...

Nash’s bold call

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism Minister Stuart Nash predicts Queenstown could enjoy a record ski season thanks to the trans-Tasman bubble, and hints he’ll announce more measures to help the Covid-ravaged tourism industry next week. In the resort on a family holiday...
By MARK PRICE A ‘‘huge roadblock’’ is holding up a start on the next leg of the $26.3 million Central Otago cycle trail network that would link Queenstown with Cromwell. The Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust will officially open the...

Council loses Wanaka case

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The High Court’s upheld an application to judicially review Queenstown’s council’s decision to grant a long-term lease of Wanaka Airport to Queenstown Airport Corporation. The lease was challenged by the Wanaka Stakeholders Group, which applied to the High...

What’s in a plan?

Mark Price To acknowledge the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s new, 108-page-long ‘‘draft spatial plan’’, Mountain Scene has given me space for just 400 words. Thanks, Tracey. The plan sets out the big-picture future for the district over the next 30 years. It’s...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Guess who came to dinner? When popular Arrowtown Indian restaurant Mantra reopened late last month, its first customers were well-known former regulars Christine Lady Hill and her hubby Sir Michael Hill. They’re pictured with new owner Saroj Kumar, who...
By GUY WILLIAMS A bridge across the Shotover River, and the use of an old tunnel, could be snags in the Queenstown Trails Trust’s quest to extend its biking trail network. The trust’s application for resource consent to build the 15km...
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