lockdown

Drury’s good dirt

By GUY WILLIAMS He calls it the ‘‘Rod Drury effect’’. That’s the best way Queenstown Mountain Bike Club president Pete McInally can explain why it’s been able to afford to get proper maintenance carried out on the most popular trails at...
By PHILIP CHANDLER TAKE New Zealand’s greatest concert pianist, an illustrious Australasian violinist and an up-and-coming Kiwi cellist. As the Argyle Trio, Michael Houstoun, Wilma Smith and Matthias Balzat are performing Beethoven’s first and last piano trios and one by Ravel...

Lift for dancers

By CASS MARRETT When iFly Queenstown’s Matt Wong caught wind of a group of disappointed young Highland dancers, he knew he needed to help. That’s why last week, nine young girls were the first of 200 people to receive free flights...

NZ Open date pushed back

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Next year’s New Zealand Open has been pushed back to the end of March. Tournament chairman John Hart says the 102nd edition of the Open, to have been held in late February, has been rescheduled for Arrowtown’s Millbrook...

For the love of the game

By GUY WILLIAMS Only 18 months after arriving in Queenstown, Ty Evans is helping to transform the resort’s volleyball scene. The United States native came to New Zealand for a six-week holiday with his wife and two sons just before last...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown business events operator claims the new Alert Level 2, banning 50-plus gatherings, plus other government policies, are killing off his sector. HQ New Zealand’s Rob Stewart-McDonald says the government doesn’t understand as a result of the...

So many gloomy predictions

By TRACEY ROXBURGH and CASS MARRETT Almost a quarter of Queenstown businesses which responded to a Queenstown Chamber of Commerce survey during lockdown aren’t confident they’ll survive till the end of this year. The one-off survey, sent at the end of last...

Runner laps up lake run record

By PHILIP CHANDLER Running one 8km lap of Queenstown’s Lake Hayes track is a hard enough slog, but a local runner’s probably broken new ground by notching a staggering 11-and-a-half laps. Ina Chalmers achieved the feat during a 100km run last Saturday...

Landlords offer rent relief

By CASS MARRETT Most Queenstown commercial landlords have been offering rent relief through Level 4, but one tenant says the government should be doing more. Westwood Group developer Johnny Stevenson says his tenants will pay 50% rent while unable to operate during...
By CASS MARRETT Queenstowner Jeff Hylton’s taking woodwork to another level. The arduous task of chopping and stacking firewood has turned into an art project for Hylton who since lockdown has been making various characters and shapes out of his wood...

Parking cock-up

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's council has performed an embarrassing U-turn after stinging motorists for parking in Alert Level 3. On Tuesday afternoon it announced it would reinstate parking charges and enforcement when we dropped down from Alert Level 4 yesterday. Council boss...
By  TRACEY ROXBURGH Watch your back, Lorde. Young Queenstowner Nehlia Chu’s used lockdown to create her first music video, already going viral. The 12-year-old St Joseph’s School and Liger Leadership Academy student wrote the catchy lyrics for Covid Will Be Stamped Out in about...
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