Bluff

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown architect has won the ‘Green Home of the Year’ award at Home Magazine’s Home of the Year award. Stacey Farrell, who picked up the award in person at the ceremony in Auckland a fortnight ago, says...
Cyclist Peter Yarrell, QSM, has turned his love of the sport into a vehicle that’s raised hundreds of thousands for charity. On the eve of his latest Tour of New Zealand, he tells PHILIP CHANDLER why he’s stepping down...

A novel challenge

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Christchurch man with a kidney disorder e-scooters into Queenstown today near the end of a 14-day, 1400km challenge. Eugene Sanders is riding from Picton to Bluff to raise awareness of kidney disease and fundraise for Kidney Health New...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Ace Queenstown ultrarunner Brooke Thomas says she received a ‘‘lovely’’ message from the Aussie whose length-of-New Zealand women’s record she’s just smashed. The 32-year-old nurse, who finished in Bluff last Friday night, completed the 3000km Te Araroa Trail,...

Walkers put feet up

By PHILIP CHANDLER After almost four months walking the length-of-New Zealand Te Araroa Trail, a Queenstown teaching couple temporarily pulled stumps, or rather sticks, at Tekapo last Saturday. Ken McIntyre, 60, and his wife Susan, 57, aborted their walk to return to...
By GUY WILLIAMS Former Arrowtown councillor Lex Perkins, who died at the weekend after a battle with cancer, was the first to put his hand up for community causes, former Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden says. Van Uden says Lex brought...

Jazzing up a big fundraiser

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Jazz Orchestra’s playing a concert this Saturday as part of a larger ‘Ride4Freedom’ fundraiser to protect Nepalese girls from sex trafficking. Former locals Tania and Joao Petreceli last week set off to bike the length of New...

Skipping school to go trekking

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown teaching couple are wagging school next term to walk the length of New Zealand. Susan and Ken McIntyre flew north on Saturday, and started the 3000km Te Araroa Trail, at NZ’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, yesterday. Susan,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A self-styled Queenstown entrepreneur's put in an audacious bid to save Southland's job-rich Tiwai aluminium smelter. International giant Rio Tinto announced last week it would close the Bluff smelter next year, at the disastrous cost of about 2600...
A Kingston man is gearing up to hop on his bike and ride the length of New Zealand in memory of his sister. Daniel Batchelor, 38, sets off on Tour Aotearoa, an epic 3000km ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff,...
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