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Psyched up for Longest Day

By PHILIP CHANDLER Two top Queenstown multisporters, both entering tomorrow's Coast to Coast for the fourth time, expect fierce competition in their categories. The iconic race, comprising running, cycling and kayaking legs, takes competitors 243km from the West Coast to the...

True confession of 100 Miler

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner tackling one of New Zealand’s biggest ultraruns this weekend admits she doesn’t even like running. Instead, showjumping rider Lucy Olphert, who’s running the scenic Tarawera  ultramarathon 100 Miler (165.2km), says she’s doing it for the challenge. ‘‘My...
Queenstown’s cultural scene only improved when world-leading Celtic harpist Kate Targett-Adams settled here last year. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to her about why she decided to move here, how she got into playing the harp and the many other strings...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Crime has fallen in Queenstown, official stats released by the police this week reveal. Comparisons between July 1 and December 31, 2019 and 2020, to exclude lockdown, show thefts in Queenstown Bay — taking in the CBD —...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Last year was a challenging time for most musicians, as uncertainty reigned supreme and lockdown dulled the senses. But for one violinist, whose CV already listed venues most artists would kill to play, lockdown presented a career highlight...
Queenstowners of a certain age will recall the late Pat Farry’s career as a pioneering rural GP.  But, as PHILIP CHANDLER discovers, his son Ben’s also forged an amazing career — in the world of drama. He explains why...

UK muso feels the love

By MATTHEW MCKEW ‘‘It's like being on another planet,’’ says a London drum ‘n’ bass DJ set to perform in Queenstown tonight after escaping what he describes as ‘‘endless misery’’ in the UK. Kanine, who’s played the likes of UK’s Glastonbury...

Purely targeting the locals

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Many  think they’re mad. But James Nicholson and his business partners, James and Jane Paterson and their son, Jack, decided to look for the opportunities Covid-19’s presented — and when the chance came up to buy Canyon Brewing,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...

Mega-auction tests market

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown mega-auction next month’s being touted as a ‘headlight indicator’ for the upcoming state of New Zealand’s property market. The local Bayleys office is putting 27 residential properties on the block, including owner/ occupier residences, investment homes and...

Lime’s two-year squeeze

By GUY WILLIAMS Downtown construction work means a six-month trial of Lime scooters in Queenstown could be two years away. A year after entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Lime on the trial — provoking an overwhelmingly negative response...
By GUY WILLIAMS A social enterprise born out of the Covid lockdown made its first charitable donation last Wednesday. Less than two months after it launched, Kiwi Welcome distributed $250 to the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. Founder Sam Brough hopes it’s the first...
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