Queenstowner

After playing his last game for the Dunedin-based Highlanders — their Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final against his former team, the Blues — Queenstowner Michael Collins is enjoying a well-earned break in his hometown. Before jetting off to Wales to play...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner who died of cancer last week is leaving millions of dollars to environmental, animal welfare and children’s charities. Former American Yevrah Ornstein, who was 70, has stipulated the sale of his Lakeside Estates solar home —...
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,...
By MARK PRICE Queenstown's biggest club has a new president. Pete ‘McGnarly’ McInally took over leadership of the 1600-member Queenstown Mountain Bike Club from Chris Conway at the recent annual meeting. McInally’s a 30-year Queenstown veteran and has been immersed in mountain biking since...

Course’s first grad

By PHILIP CHANDLER A scholarship programme named after a Queenstowner, Jai Sneddon, who died suddenly two months ago, has produced its first graduate. A month earlier, Jai had graduated from a course taken by Your Life Live It neural coding trainers Amanda...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A TV vehicle ad shot on Queenstown Hill’s come up trumps for a number of locals. Toyota New Zealand’s ‘Hilux Unbreakable Bond’ ad, showcasing a number of models, won gold in the casting category of the Australasian Writers...
By MARK PRICE When she was a ‘‘challenging’’ three years old, Queenstowner Carleen Dalton had a little bit of a run-in with her preschool teachers. It got so bad, her mother Kaye was asked to remove her. And, that led to Dalton’s...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hairdressing's not something that immediately springs to mind when thinking of veganism, but for one go-it-alone mobile hair stylist, it’s front and centre of her business. Jenny Matiu went vegan about three-and-a-half years ago, and her lifestyle change put...

Local’s Ali coup

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a heavyweight coup, a Queenstowner and another Kiwi are creating a giant tourist attraction in the United States dedicated to one of the world’s biggest icons, Muhammad Ali. Local Stu Robertson — a marketing guru and philanthropist...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner recently won one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and exciting pool tournaments for the second year running. Simon ‘Postman’ Singleton pocketed $8000 for winning ‘The Great Southern Knockout II’, an 8-ball invitational event in Christchurch featuring...

Fourth time lucky?

By PHILIP CHANDLER He's possibly New Zealand’s unluckiest sports event organiser — and you can’t even blame Covid. Queenstowner Evan McWhirter, who’s again organising tomorrow's Routeburn Classic run over the stunning Routeburn Track, has had to cancel the event’s past three...

Cresting a wave

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowner Dave Mitchell (above), 49, rolled back the years to compete strongly at the recent waveski surfing nationals in Gisborne. He finished runner-up to arch-rival Nigel Bryant in the New Zealand Open comp but turned the tables to...
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