Queenstown Airport

By GUY WILLIAMS Closeburn Station manager Grant McMaster will be behind the wheel of his tractor on a jaunt through central Queenstown tomorrow. As local coordinator of a protest aimed at a slew of new and proposed government regulations affecting farmers,...

The wait is finally over

By TRACEY ROXBURGH And on the 256th day, he arrived. It’s been just over seven months since Kris Faafoi was handed the immigration portfolio,  and a total of 1012 days since Queenstown’s had a visit from an immigration minister. Tomorrow that changes. Faafoi’s...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Bus drivers who worked throughout lockdown are questioning why they’re not good enough for vaccine priority, as they transport hundreds a day from Queenstown Airport. It comes after cabbies headed to medical centres last week, after Mountain Scene’s...

Cabbies to get jabs

By MATTHEW MCKEW A call for Queenstown cabbies to have early access to the Covid-19 vaccine's been heard, just a day after Mountain Scene reported it. On Thursday Scene reported cabbies, who pick up passengers at Queenstown Airport, were fuming they...
Even if he was a reluctant subject, author Neal Wallace has done all of us a service by penning a fascinating book on Queenstowner Sir John Davies. The business heavyweight, who claims he owns New Zealand’s best tourism assets,...
Another whopping contingent of Whakatipu firefighters is taking on the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge in Auckland today. The Queenstown station's has a dozen taking part, Arrowtown has six and Frankton five. Among the Queenstown crew are Chris Lindop and Jamie...
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...
I cried on Monday. Not that classy kind of crying either, like you see in the movies, where one solitary tear rolls down the cheek in dramatic fashion. No, siree, Bob. It was the proper ugly snarfle-type cry, and it caught me...

It’s party time!

By MARK PRICE The timing for our Aussie visitors couldn’t have been better. Just three days after the first international flight in more than a year landed at Queenstown Airport, Arrowtown’s holding the mother of all autumn parties. The 36th Arrowtown Autumn...

What’s in a plan?

Mark Price To acknowledge the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s new, 108-page-long ‘‘draft spatial plan’’, Mountain Scene has given me space for just 400 words. Thanks, Tracey. The plan sets out the big-picture future for the district over the next 30 years. It’s...

Ecstatic but trepidatious

By TRACEY ROXBURGH You could almost hear the sighs of relief at 4pm on Tuesday in Queenstown. After holding the collective breath for more than a year, the resort was finally able to exhale as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a...
THERE are many wonderful things being built in Queenstown at the moment. Many houses, of course, but also commercial spaces, hotels, tourism facilities and more. All of it will be here to enjoy for years to come and should be celebrated...
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