lockdown

In a town where one couldn't buy toilet paper for three weeks, the American people came to terms with their plight. Palm Springs is the darling hideaway of the Hollywood famous, and here I observed the world's most prolific consumers...

Tracking virus spread

By MATTHEW MCKEW When lockdown ends and people return to bars and restaurants, it's likely customers will have to register their details - a process about to get a lot easier thanks to a Queenstown business duo. Richard McLeod and James...
A global pandemic was never going to be kind on a couple whose livelihood revolves around social gatherings. But that doesn’t mean the word ‘optimistic’ has been entirely omitted from the vocabulary of long-time Queenstown musicians Lindsay and Ailsa Woods. The Hanley’s...
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home. However, as lockdown continues, and many of us heading to the supermarket with little regularity, it can sometimes feel like the war room. Besides the three meals a day...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...
Queenstown’s world famous for its adventure attractions.  Think Shotover Jet, bungy, rafting, skydiving ... the list goes on.  However, because the current Covid-19 pandemic's likely to mean New Zealand's borders don't reopen for a long time, this sector's in...
Former Queenstown bar manager Julia Lonnerheden is now flying planes in her native Sweden – a country that’s attracted curiosity - and criticism - by not going into lockdown to try to stop the spread of Covid-19. But, as...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Could it become Queenstown's lockdown anthem? In an amazing video collaboration, local choir Southern Soul posted American singer-songwriter Andra Day's stirring song, Rise Up, on its Facebook page, on Tuesday night. And by this afternoon it had generated about...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A six-part $7 million crime drama shot in Queenstown over three months late last year premieres on TVNZ 1 next Monday. One Lane Bridge is produced by Great Southern Television, whose local boss and part-owner Philip Smith has...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Kelvin Peninsula Community Association's requesting Queenstown's council urgently restrict the narrow, winding Peninsula Track to walkers during the Covid-19-induced lockdown - however, the council's not intending taking that step at this stage. KPCA, according to its Facebook page,...
When we toasted the arrival of 2020, who would have predicted within three months a virus spread to humans, from a bat in a wet-market in provincial China, would bring the world to its knees and wreak havoc on...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A leading New Zealand business commentator has come up with an idea that could be of huge benefit to Queenstown's beleaguered tourism industry. It's assumed, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, that NZ's international borders will remain shut for...
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