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Reuben rides in NZ colours

By MATTHEW MCKEW A puncture burst any individual chances of success for Queenstown pro cyclist Reuben Thompson this week, but his efforts put his team first in Wellington. The Whakatipu’s king of the hill opened his season with a team trial...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown hotel owners took a bath last year, with occupancy and revenue plunging as the closed borders ravaged the sector. The latest Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) stats for the sector show room income falling 40% across the country. The...

Secret entry wins film award

By MATTHEW MCKEW When a letter was handed to a Wakatipu High schooler in the pouring rain at Branches Camp he had no idea what it was about. A moment later and Kane Viggers was elated — winning New Zealand On...
One of the biggest behind-the-scenes stars in Queenstown’s film and TV industry since the ‘90s moved to Auckland last Thursday.  Annie Weston discusses her move with PHILIP CHANDLER, reflects on changes she’s seen and explains why the TV commercial...

Walkers back on Mainland

By PHILIP CHANDLER After taking just over two months to traipse the North Island, intrepid Queenstown teachers Susan and Ken McIntyre on Wednesday started trekking the Mainland. Susan, 57, and Ken, 60, who’ve taught at Queenstown Primary and Wakatipu High, respectively,...

Fast and furious up hill

By PHILIP CHANDLER Spectators are welcome today at one of Queenstown’s oldest but also most thrilling sporting events. The Coronet Peak Hill Climb, started in 1972 by the Queenstown Car Club in its first year, will start running from 10am and...
THERE’S a bloody big elephant stampeding through the streets of Queenstown and no one, it seems, can see it. And if someone doesn’t do something soon, that bloody big elephant is going to smash our streets to smithereens. Our elephant, the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's been a three-year ‘‘labour of love’’ but the doors to a new addition in an historic part of Arrowtown finally opened last week. Developers Scott Stevens and John Guthrie started physical work on a new development behind...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A veteran Queenstown muso’s lending his voice to today’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Pike River Mine explosion that killed 29 workers. Singer-songwriter Noel Coutts is performing his song, 29 Ghosts, at Parliament, in Wellington, before...

Wine pro’s bar lifted

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown wine consultant and educator Candice Chow’s received a prestigious learning opportunity. Each year, The Family of Twelve — comprising 12 top-flight New Zealand wineries — chooses 12 wine professionals to undergo a wine tutorial in which they...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Three Queenstown girls have secured places in the New Zealand Climbing development squad after stand-out performances. First-time competitor Alisa Schenk took third in the Youth and Masters Bouldering Championships in Wellington at the weekend. Coach Diego Moyano says he...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Writers Festival organisers have made an arresting choice of MC to interview two top New Zealand crime novelists tomorrow. They’ve chosen former local-based top cop Phil Jones, no stranger to murder investigations, who’s now living back in...
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