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By PHILIP CHANDLER While construction's virtually ground to a halt due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown, a developer's continuing with excavation and retaining works for a $22 million, six-star boutique hotel in central Queenstown. Developer Kevin Carlin says he's got Ministry of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite ‘sadness that his parish churches, like all others, are closed during this most important week in the Christian calendar, a Queenstown minister says his congregation's never been more connected. Anglican vicar Reverend Dr David Wright notes that...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner diagnosed with terminal cancer has urgently flown to Mexico for treatment to try to beat the odds - and the risk of extra coronavirus-related border closures. Jacob Macak, a 33-year-old engineer, was originally told he had...
On Sunday evenings, dozens of worshippers gather for mass at St Andrew's Church, but it's not a service in English they've come for.  Brazilian-born minister Clay Peterson de Oliveira talks to LUISA GIRAO about his life in Queenstown and...
Holidaying in Canada last September, Philip Chandler ran into genial Kiwi expat Martin McSkimming at his Toronto watering hole, then again had a chinwag with him - and another beer - at his Queenstown holiday pad three weeks ago Queenstown's been an enduring...
OPINION: I almost killed someone. The thought is so shocking to me I still have trouble processing it. In Queenstown you can name them all; the local people whose lives have been snuffed out by those reckless tourist drivers, who we...
How brave is Queenstown teenager Ruby Andrews? The plucky 15-year-old freeskier last week cast aside crutches to finish fifth in the halfpipe at the Winter Youth Olympics in Switzerland. Two days earlier she'd overshot a jump while training for the slopestyle...

Reaching the top

For Queenstown singer-songwriter Miki Brown, the relationship between the mountains and music will be ever intertwined. After leaving Wakatipu High School and then completing a course at Auckland’s Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand, Brown says she was lacking...

Gambling big on wine tourism

Having plonked about $50 million into Gibbston Valley Winery, American Phil Griffith calls himself the poster-child for foreign investment in New Zealand. He talks to Philip Chandler just weeks after opening his long-awaited lodge and spa, and on the eve of...
Amazingly, in the so-called adventure capital of the world, two of the most adventurous locals are over 70 years old. Philip Chandler talks to Diana and Dick Hubbard about their latest 34,000km motorcycle ride, and learns how they almost...
If you didn't pick the result of the United States presidential race last November, you're in good company. Veteran US political activist and former Gibbston home owner Dick Allen, who worked for presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, talks turkey about Donald Trump with Philip...
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