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Summer holidays, what a lovely time to enjoy packed beaches and revel with thousands of strangers at one of New Zealand’s many music festivals. As I shared the highlights of my summer adventures on social media, I received messages from...

Lime’s two-year squeeze

By GUY WILLIAMS Downtown construction work means a six-month trial of Lime scooters in Queenstown could be two years away. A year after entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Lime on the trial — provoking an overwhelmingly negative response...

‘Bitter pill’ for Robinson

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown ski racer Alice Robinson’s gutted after two ‘did not finish’ esults at the FIS World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France. Robinson’s coach, Cantabrian Chris Knight, got a course set for the race — the first time...

Choppy: Woman of heart

Writer/business coach Jacqui Thomas first came to Queenstown to work in 1994 and last left here in 2016. In her new book on female business founders ‘doing business with heart’, she features a pioneering heli-tourism operator she met when living...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown 19-year-old’s fulfilling a dream by taking up a golfing scholarship in the United States. Former Otago rep Danielle Bailey’s off to Western Washington University in Bellingham — the northernmost university in mainland US — for four...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Teaching by Skype or Zoom became all the rage during lockdown this year. But for a Queenstown-based piano and vocal teacher, eight of whose local students perform in a recital this Sunday, that’s old hat. Chaz Barcenilla moved permanently...

Queenstown trailblazer dies

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Gibbston winery stalwart who died last week, aged 74, played a key role in developing the world-class Queenstown Trail. Former American Terry Stevens and his wife-to-be Susan settled in Gibbston in 1999, buying a vineyard block on...

Movement for active travel

By PHILIP CHANDLER A first Queenstown mini-expo on ‘active travel’ tomorrow even lets attendees try a range of electric bikes. The event, at Frankton’s Buzzstop cafe, is being organised by a new community advocacy group, The Lightfoot Initiative. ‘‘We’re keen to start...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new not-for-profit school, focused on entrepreneurship and leadership, will open in Queenstown next year. In time the Liger Leadership Academy, which is setting up shop at Five Mile, will help to diversify and strengthen Queenstown’s economy, its...
By MATTHEW MCKEW You wait for one and three come along at once. No, not a bus, but a music tour in its third year celebrating and exploring New Zealand’s on-and-off love affair with public transport. Anthonie Tonnon’s bringing Rail Land to Arrowtown,...

Hostels fear collapse

By MATTHEW MCKEW If something doesn’t change, Queenstown’s once thriving hostel industry will collapse — and, yet again, visas are a crucial issue. It’s led to a suggestion internationals living in Australia, who’ve already had  working holiday visa in New Zealand,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand's most promising young pianist performs at Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s Lodge at The Hills this coming Tuesday. Sylvia Jiang, 24, will be playing a fully-restored 1897 Steinway Concert Grand, with all proceeds going towards furthering her...
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