Warren Cooper

‘Not for novices’

QUEENSTOWN’S mayor and other prominent locals hope the resort’s next Member of Parliament gets swiftly up to speed with its pressing issues. Mayor Jim Boult says first-term National MP Hamish Walker, who resigned last week after leaking confidential details of Covid-19...

Q’town character dies

Queenstown's lost one of its characters. Lifelong local Peter Fleming, who died from a heart attack, aged 68, on December 28, stood out not only for his prominent moustache and stature, but for his strong, even vehement, opinions on both local...
A carparking conglomerate has been issued a 'no parking' ticket by Queenstown's council. The council recently investigated a commercial carpark on a vacant section in Park Street near Queenstown's CBD which parking firm Wilson Parking NZ had been operating since...

Pop-up carpark appals

Ex-Queenstown mayor Warren Cooper and his wife Lorraine say they were astounded recently to wake up to find a commercial carpark smackbang next to them. Wilson Parking NZ, which operates several CBD carparks, had erected a large sign and a...

Coopers’ diamond choice

Four hours after Warren and Lorraine Cooper's wedding in Brisbane, Australia, they had a dust-up on the way to the Gold Coast. Warren was driving his father-in-law's unfamiliar car, and says Lorraine was telling him he wasn't experienced with it...
OPINION: The recent PechaKucha chit-chat evening at the Queenstown Memorial Centre was all about Queenstown's town centre. The 24-page brochure exhorted us to talk about its future. We are offered a range of options: an alternative arterial route, passenger transport facilities,...
Massage oil residue on towels is the likely cause of a laundry room fire that resulted in the evacuation of two Queenstown bars and an apartment block. The Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to an alarm activation at 1 Athol...
OPINION: Think about the great cities of the world. The history of Athens, the seething humanity of Tokyo, the architecture of Barcelona. Then think again. One of the great things about cities is green spaces. What would New York City be without Central...
OPINION: Like many throughout the district I've been watching our council during its first six months. Things are happening – at long last! We have our new traffic lights, where you can make life-long friends while waiting for a green light. The...
Queenstown's been built by entrepreneurs. One of the most colourful was Jock Freemantle, who died recently. Despite only living here for 17 years, till 1986, he made a big impression in the tourism industry and the wider community. Philip...
OPINION: I've never been one for New Year's resolutions – that is until this year when I decided to stop bellyaching about Queenstown's council by sharing a spirit of goodwill to our new mayor and elected members. Alas, that resolve...
OPINION: My straw poll is mixed. Former mayor Warren Cooper reckons Queenstown isn't as busy as he expected this summer. (It's alright, Warren, Chinese New Year's almost here.) Meanwhile, one of our Dunedin wizards, Wayne, who helps put together the Scene, couldn't...
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