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Village people on song

Imagine knowing your neighbours and having a say on what your neighbourhood as well as home looks like before moving in. It’s the premise behind Queenstown-Lakes social enterprise, Urban Village, which is now gaining serious traction. When formed, its principal driver was...

Remarks commune

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Wellington urban planner's building an affordable, off-the-grid, modern-day commune at the base of Queenstown's iconic Remarkables mountain range. David Lee's planning two eco-villages, each comprising about 15 to 17 owner-occupied cabins, and a 400 square metre house, along...
Globetrotting former journalist Emma Hart's come a long way since covering the Ben Smart/Olivia Hope murder trial on TV every night. PHILIP CHANDLER charts her move to Europe and then back again to run cutting-edge stem cell therapy company headquartered in Queenstown's Glenda Drive  A...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks  to government funding, Queenstown's mayor's hopeful construction of the first phase of the resort's long-awaited CBD arterial bypass will start in the second quarter of next year. In a wide-ranging interview, Jim Boult talks about the government's...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite spiralling numbers of unemployed Kiwis, Queenstown's MP believes the resort still needs to keep hold of its skilled migrants. "The current government think there will be more than enough jobs just for Kiwis," Hamish Walker says, "but we...

Banker boosts QT economy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Queenstown's new residents is helping broaden the resort's economy, having set up Private Capital Group, a private debt management and equity investment company. Paul Carman's originally from Wellington, but spent 25 years in the UK, working for...

Private jet ZQN

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown developer's launching a private jet aircraft service from Australia's east coast to the resort once the travel ban's lifted. Gold Coast-based Kevin Carlin claims it'll be a flyer with well-heeled travellers seeking more sanitary transport in...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown’s first music festival in the Covid-19 era is set to prop up the resort’s “underground” songwriting community high above the forest floor. Treehouse Sessions will see 20 local artists perform in treehouses as punters zipline between them...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner gearing up to organise his sixth biennial Tour of New Zealand cycle race next April is just grateful he "skipped the right year" due to the current event-restricting Covid-19 pandemic. Peter Yarrell has opened entries to...
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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Plans for a $12 million Queenstown film studio have been brought forward to address the Covid-19-induced collapse of the local tourism industry. The proposal, for a large Gibbston Valley site opposite the Victoria Flats landfill, has been sent to...

Fur flies again

New Zealand Golf's again being slammed for presenting a bogus Maori korowai cloak to last Sunday's winner of the NZ Open at Arrowtown's Millbrook Resort. Maori weavers last year criticised NZ Golf for presenting Aussie winner Zach Murray, at The...
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