Mountain Scene

By DANIEL ALVEY Today marks 228 days since Kris Faafoi was given the immigration portfolio. His office confirmed to Mountain Scene this week they’ve received an invitation from Queenstown mayor Jim Boult to visit the resort, and are working towards agreeing...

Dinner-time ‘raids’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown food operator’s outraged 12 ‘‘heavyhanded’’ Immigration New Zealand officials simultaneously raided four of his outlets this week, only to find his foreign staff all had valid visas. Organic Thai takeaway owner James Porteous says the agents,...
By GUY WILLIAMS A taste of the big-time has left Queenstown cyclist Reuben Thompson hungry for more. The 20-year-old made his professional debut last month in the Tour of the Alps, in Italy and Austria, with the Equipe Groupama FDJ World...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Highlanders are on the hunt for a kid to deliver the most critical element of their upcoming Super game against the Rebels in Queenstown — the first Super game played here since 2011. Mountain Scene, in conjunction with...

Fingers crossed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is rumoured to be making an imminent announcement regarding working holiday and supplementary seasonal employer (SSE) visas. While details are scant, Mountain Scene understands INZ may announce SSE visa holders can move to working holiday visas,...
By MARK PRICE and TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Britain’s most prolific comedy writers is fizzing to get back to the land of the long white cloud. Speaking to Mountain Scene from Australia before his New Zealand tour, which started in in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A debtors’ claim against a liquidated local building company’s expected to resume this week. In their fifth report into Fowler Homes Southern Lakes (FHSL), liquidators Colin Gower and Tim Ward, of BDO Christchurch, say the claim’s been progressed...

On a high at 65

By MARK PRICE Covid-19 concerns are likely to put paid to Central Otago-Wakatipu Cycling Club member Brett Strachan’s chances of competing against the world's best 65-to-69-year-olds. Queenstowner Strachan, 65, recently took out the 60.8km road race age group title at the New...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It takes one to know one. The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall was guest speaker at a Queenstown function recently where local investor and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar was made a distinguished fellow of the Institute of Directors. Having...
By GUY WILLIAMS One of Queenstown’s finest rugby products, Michael Collins, hopes he’ll get on the pitch when his Highlanders team brings the Super Rugby circus to his hometown at the end of this month. In a scheduling reshuffle enabled by...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ways to get rid of increasing numbers of unwanted neighbours in the Lake Hayes area will be discussed at the Lake Hayes Pavilion today. Otago Regional Council’s holding a public drop-in session to talk to residents about the...
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...
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