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By PHILIP CHANDLER A world tour of inspiring action, environmental and adventure films from Canada’s latest Banff Mountain Film Festival hits Queenstown for the 10th time next week. Seven films screen at Queenstown Memorial Centre on Wednesday and a different eight...
By PHILIP CHANDLER You probably couldn’t kick off the Central Otago Premiers rugby season this Saturday any better than with a replay of last year’s Arrowtown Bulls v Cromwell final in Cromwell. ‘‘It’s probably the perfect way to start a season,’’...
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...
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...
One of Queenstown’s biggest corporate hotshots says his biggest annoyance is people assuming he moved here to retire. Roger Sharp talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why he moved to the resort, how Covid-19’s caused him to be very busy...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Writers Festival organisers have made an arresting choice of MC to interview two top New Zealand crime novelists tomorrow. They’ve chosen former local-based top cop Phil Jones, no stranger to murder investigations, who’s now living back in...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown pro mountain biker Eddie Masters and three fellow pros are running half marathons in their quarantine hotel rooms tomorrow in a bid to crowd-fund $15,000 for Christchurch’s Burwood Spinal Unit and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The 31-year-old downhill...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Six years after Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort bought a neighbouring farm, the first 12 sections in the new $50 million Mill Farm development went on sale last Thursday. Part of The Grand Terrace enclave, they’re in Millbrook’s most elevated...
Tori Keating’s got 99 things to do before she’s 50 — and while learning to meditate’s one of them, she can’t stop long enough to do it. The Kingston resident talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about why she still feels lazy Someone,...

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...

Young tyros do the business

By MATTHEW MCKEW Former Scottish footballer Alan Hansen’s infamous claim ‘‘you don’t win anything with kids’’ was once again entirely wrong last Saturday, when a Rovers’ side with three 16-year- olds in the team won 9-0. The three points were vital for the...
For a guy who was rejected from hospo jobs in Canada because he was told he "wasn't really a people person", Chris Dickson's done alright for himself. He talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about his plans to support Queenstown Chris Dickson knows all too...
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