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By PHILIP CHANDLER The author of the most talked-about book in New Zealand this year talks about her life and her work at a literary event in the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on Wednesday night. Celebrated Kiwi novelist Charlotte Grimshaw hit the...

Book series launch

By MATTHEW MCKEW Young adult life can be hard enough, but imagine having to compete in a set of treacherous trials for a dangerous cyren. That’s what’s in store for the protagonist of a new book being launched by a best-selling...
Even if he was a reluctant subject, author Neal Wallace has done all of us a service by penning a fascinating book on Queenstowner Sir John Davies. The business heavyweight, who claims he owns New Zealand’s best tourism assets,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A coroner's hearing into the deaths six years ago of a Queenstown trainee pilot and his instructor starts in the resort today. James Patterson-Gardner, 18, and Stephen Combe died on a training flight when their Robinson R44 crashed...

Getting the kids talking

By MARK PRICE Queenstown author Laura Shallcrass has had her first book nominated in three categories of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Her book is Hare & Ruru, A Quiet Moment, published by Beatnik Publishing. It deals...

A life-defining Japanese link

Adventurer, author, tour operator, pilot, karate instructor, sake maker, marriage celebrant, father/co-manager of a tennis pro. Queenstowner Craig McLachlan, 58, talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his varied life and how it’s been enhanced by his links with Japan Growing up...

Choppy: Woman of heart

Writer/business coach Jacqui Thomas first came to Queenstown to work in 1994 and last left here in 2016. In her new book on female business founders ‘doing business with heart’, she features a pioneering heli-tourism operator she met when living...

Hare to help our kids

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new book aimed at helping address anxiety and identify stress in kids has been a labour of love for its Queenstown author. Commercial illustrator Laura Shallcrass released Hare & Ruru, A Quiet Moment last month with Beatnik...

Haunting for a cause

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Baby Box Charitable Trust’s had a booking at the Queenstown Memorial Centre since last September for its inaugural Halloween ball — and the trustees can’t think of a better time to get the community together for...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH If this was any other year, Peta Mathias would be in her home in the south of France, teaching cooking classes and getting ready to go on a week-long culinary tour in the Basque country. Covid’s put paid to that,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A book about Queenstown like no other was one of two launched in town last week by a leading New Zealand photographer. When he moved into a Queenstown Hill home in 2009, Mike Langford vowed to shoot the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's based a kids' book around daily displays of teddy bears during the Covid-19 lockdown. Placing teddy bears in windows became a New Zealand lockdown tradition aimed at cheering up children. John Cushen, 70, says his windows couldn't...
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