wilding pines

Tourism worker scheme ends

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's Tourism Workforce Alliance has reached the end of the road, with no immediate prospect of more work in the offing. Since June, the group involved about 50 tourism workers, who had lost their jobs or were on...

Relief, sadness at Ohau

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown architect whose holiday home survived the huge blaze that swept through Lake Ohau Alpine Village this week says it’s a miracle no one died. Ian Adamson says it’s ‘‘raw’’ to talk about because his family is...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu's wilding warriors have received a major funding windfall, but still have a battle on their hands, they say. The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group’s budget for the current financial year is more than $5 million — a...
Who doesn't want to see more native trees and plants established in the Wakatipu?  Local entrepreneur Michael Sly gets rid of unwanted wilding pines to make valuable essential oil, but had always wanted to find a way to replace each wilding with a...

Timber!

The first signs of Skyline's multi-million-dollar upgrade – years in the planning – should be visible by next week on the lower flanks of Queenstown's Ben Lomond as a massive tree-felling project kicks up a notch. Skyline commercial boss Craig...
At 82, Peter Willsman doesn't let the grass grow under his feet, let alone any wilding pines. On the verge of releasing his memoirs, he tells Philip Chandler why he got involved with wilding pine control and talks about...

Unitary plan warning

Otago Regional Council needs to do more for the resort and act more quickly say Queenstowners, including Sir Eion Edgar. The council got a lesson in Queenstown "passion'' on Monday, as it was commended for taking more of an interest...
Surely everyone accepts that wilding pines are a pest that need exterminated at almost any cost? Try telling that to ex-Queenstowner Jim Childerstone. He discusses his newly-released book, with its alternative facts on the issue, with Philip Chandler Semi-retired forester is taking a stand against the wholesale...
The driving force behind Queenstown's ground-breaking wilding tree control group has stepped down as co-chairman. Queenstown reporter Guy Williams asks Peter Willsman why, and looks at his legacy.  Wilding trees throughout the Wakatipu — and probably in the rest of the country...
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