Winter Pride

By HUGH COLLINS Airlines' self-interest is causing ‘‘huge disruption’’ for events, Winter Pride festival director Martin King says. The 10-day festival’s starting today with only three of its events scrubbed because of Alert Level 2 rules. But the response of Air New...
By HUGH COLLINS The organiser of Queenstown’s annual Winter Pride’s staggered he hasn’t received support from a ratepayer-funded tourism body. Martin King wrote to Destination Queenstown, City Hall and Queenstown’s Chamber of Commerce at the start of May in a bid...
By HUGH COLLINS Despite ongoing uncertainty with Covid-19 restrictions, Queenstown's Winter Pride will officially go ahead in 2020. The hugely popular annual event was put on hold at the end of March, just before the start of the Alert Level 4 lockdown. All...
By PHILIP CHANLDER To help Queenstown's economic recovery, the resort's being touted as a New Zealand, Australasian and even global capital for same-sex weddings and civil unions. Behind the initiative are Winter Pride festival co-organiser Martin King, who started the Pride...
By MATTHEW MCKEW and HUGH COLLINS Uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic's forced the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2020 to be cancelled. The festival, in its 46th year, was to have been held between June 18 and 21, but it's the...

Taking Pride to the next level

Queenstown's most colourful festival will be back and bigger than ever this year. Planning for Winter Pride 2019 is well underway, with co-organiser Martin King revealing they've added a day to the start of the festival programme. "A lot of people...

TV presenter’s homecoming

Broadcaster Matty McLean can't quite believe a high school is holding its own Pride Week. That it's his old high school has the openly-gay TV personality beaming from ear to ear. ASB flew McLean to his hometown on Monday to speak...

Pride in the Park

Queenstown's annual Winter Pride festival, formerly Gay Ski Week QT, includes a free public event for the first time next month. Pride in the Park takes place on Earnslaw Park on Friday, September 7, from 12 till 8pm. The event features...
Is Queenstown as gay-friendly as we'd like to think it is? And even if we are, does the rest of the world know that? Philip Chandler looks at a major new initiative that should provide answers to those two...
The new owners of Queenstown's Gay Ski Week QT have taken the radical step of rebranding it. From Thursday just gone, the long-running annual festival is renamed 'Winter Pride'. Locals Mike Hughes and Martin King, who took over early this year,...
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