lockdown

By MARK PRICE Two Arrowtown jewellers have a warning for the ‘‘owners’’ of internet domain names: beware the prowling bots. Brendon ‘Buzz’ Jaine obtained his bjaine.com domain name 15 years ago and then, during lockdown last year, began using it to...
By GUY WILLIAMS A non-profit Queenstown cat welfare group’s trialling a programme in which wild cats are trapped, desexed and released on rural properties to manage rabbit and rodent populations. Founded during last year’s Covid lockdown, QT Community Cats provides rescue, adoption and...

The wait is finally over

By TRACEY ROXBURGH And on the 256th day, he arrived. It’s been just over seven months since Kris Faafoi was handed the immigration portfolio,  and a total of 1012 days since Queenstown’s had a visit from an immigration minister. Tomorrow that changes. Faafoi’s...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Bus drivers who worked throughout lockdown are questioning why they’re not good enough for vaccine priority, as they transport hundreds a day from Queenstown Airport. It comes after cabbies headed to medical centres last week, after Mountain Scene’s...

Cabbies to get jabs

By MATTHEW MCKEW A call for Queenstown cabbies to have early access to the Covid-19 vaccine's been heard, just a day after Mountain Scene reported it. On Thursday Scene reported cabbies, who pick up passengers at Queenstown Airport, were fuming they...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Kiwi DJ sensations Lee Mvtthews return to Snow & Bass this year and can’t wait to experience the new and unique bungy setting. Duo Tom Lee and Graham Matthews have catapulted to the top of their genre domestically...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In several English children’s books and a kids’ TV series, The Wombles are furry creatures who do good. Similarly, The Wombles Golfing Society’s a Queenstown-based group of roving golfers also doing good — raising $10,000 for the Wakatipu...
By GUY WILLIAMS A special event in Queenstown this Sunday will serve as a ‘‘big hug’’ for the community, and mark a year since the country emerged from the Covid-19 lockdown, its organiser says. Local iwi charitable trust, Mana Tahuna, is...
He’s got to be one to watch. How Queenstown iFLY’s co-owner Matt Wong turned Covid into a positive has intrigued the local tourism industry. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his prior track gallops and how he turned around his...
By MATTHEW MCKEW There's a new experience in Queenstown and it’s a ‘wunderkammer’, or wonder chamber, for observing the natural world. Church Street’s Flora Fauna’s a new gallery/store featuring everything from floristry to taxidermy. Owner Meredith Parkin, a former art teacher, has...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Local knowledge helped disc golfer Mikey Yu win the 26th Queenstown Classic Disc Golf Tournament’s overall title and men’s pro open division by nine strokes last weekend. The 41-year-old, who’s lived in Queenstown for 13 years, lives just seven...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An Anzac Day tradition on Queenstown’s Edith Cavell Bridge, started during lockdown last year, was observed again last Sunday when a local bagpiper honoured the World War I nurse the bridge is named after. During lockdown, Graeme Glass,...
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