lockdown

Speaking of mayor Jim Boult, his wife Karen says: ‘‘People know who Jim is, most of them don’t know who I am, really.’’ In an attempt to correct that imbalance, PHILIP CHANDLER talks to mayoress Karen Boult about her life...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The boss of New Zealand’s biggest home-building company believes red tape’s one of the main reasons for ever-escalating housing costs. ‘‘I don’t think anybody has all the solutions,’’ G.J.Gardner Homes chief executive/co-owner Grant Porteous says. But he believes the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A downtown Queenstown hospo operator believes businesses need to work together to survive the downturn. For Perky’s floating bar owner Max Perkins, that means ‘going local’ for his beer and wine. After throwing out a lot of product, 70%...
He came to Queenstown to open the resort’s first ice rink and now, 55 years later, after other stints in the food business and transport industry, Eion Buckley’s retiring — or just about. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Despite spending 10 months locked down in her adopted home of Los Angeles, Broods lead singer Georgia Nott says 2020 was one of her “favourite years’’ yet. ‘‘It was really powerful. ‘‘Not since I came into the music industry have...

A mouse’s tale

By PHILIP CHANDLER For Queenstown muso Gemma Healy, her first children’s book, Bongo The Stowaway Mouse New Zealand, started as a song about Bongo the mouse. In the book, Bongo, having stowed on a plane that lands in NZ, undergoes various...
By GUY WILLIAMS A small jet flew from Sydney to Queenstown on Tuesday, picked up a passenger and flew back to the Australian city. The Embraer Phenom 300 landed just after midday with an Australian pilot onboard, picked up the passenger —...
No one, it would appear, got their five-year plans right in 2015. I found out the borders were closed when I emerged from walking the Moonlight Track. The following weekend we were heading to Australia, our first complete family holiday in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Tickets are on sale for another round, or rather several rounds, of pro wrestling entertainment in Queenstown. Billed as the resort’s rowdiest show of the year, Queenstown WrestleFest takes place on the Saturday of Easter, April 3, at...

Going the extra mile

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mountain runner Lewis Latham has a head for heights and a heart for fundraising, The 37-year-old’s training for his first Northburn 100 kilometre run, near Cromwell, on March 20. As a ‘‘training run’’, he’s entered the first 56km...

Tour operator’s ginspiration

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It was one of the best-timed purchases David Gatward-Ferguson’s ever made. About a year ago the Nomad Safaris owner and his wife, Amanda, decided to buy Wanaka-based business Wild Diamond, a craft gin and vodka business specialising in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A renowned Kiwi singer-songwriter, currently stranded in Queenstown, is giving young local songwriting talent a stage tomorrow. As part of her ‘Valentine’s Day Show’ at Queenstown’s Thomas Brown Gallery, Jackie Bristow’s introducing ‘Jackie B and the Mini Band’. They’re...
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