Wakatipu

Whakatipu time

By PHILIP CHANDLER Highly-respected Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O’Regan says it’s time Queenstowners put an ‘h’ in ‘Wakatipu’. ‘Whakatipu’ is the undisputed traditional Maori spelling, however ‘Wakatipu’ has been employed since early European days and pops up in everything from...

Rank pulled on cab permits

By PHILIP CHANDLER Financially-struggling cabbies are up in arms over Queenstown’s council renewing $500-a-cab permits they believe are worthless. Council last year introduced the 12-month permits to try to clean up the industry after concerns over the antics of many independent cabbies. Local...

Haunting for a cause

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Baby Box Charitable Trust’s had a booking at the Queenstown Memorial Centre since last September for its inaugural Halloween ball — and the trustees can’t think of a better time to get the community together for...

Free pilot to start

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstowner Mel Haarer isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to describing 2020. It’s been ‘‘a complete shit show, let’s face it’’. But she’s using her experience over the last couple of years, delivering wellbeing workshops to corporate clients,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH WHILE RuPaul’s Drag Race gets much of the credit, born-and-bred Queenstowner George Dagg was possibly always destined for his new career path. Dagg works at Life’s a Grind Espresso by day and, more and more often, by night...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH There's been no training, there’s not an official coach, and half the side are ring-ins, but the Lakeside Rugby Club’s still in it to win it this weekend in its first game in about seven years. Club secretary...

Work visa plea

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While calls are being made for Immigration New Zealand to free up the migrant workforce, and establish region-specific visa extensions, that’s not on the new government’s agenda. Remarkable Labour directors Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott say there are dire times ahead...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH In a first for the Wakatipu, a fully-funded social worker’s been put into all Queenstown primary schools. Central Lakes Family Services social worker in schools — or SWIS — Fiona Stephenson started in the full-time, permanent position —...
By MATTHEW MCKEW A suburban talent show’s raised more than $2500 for a Lake Hayes Estate community defibrillator. The Hayes’ talent show featured everything from rappers to dancers, and a 14-year-old who sang an Adele song and ‘‘gave us all goose...

Whirlwind down memory lane

By PHILIP CHANDLER TEN years of original Wakatipu rock and roll musicals are being celebrated in a ‘best of’ show in Arrowtown next month. Resort impresario Margaret O’Hanlon’s Whirlwind Productions NZ has produced eight of these shows, premiering with a tribute to...

A place to plant your roots

By GUY WILLIAMS The first 1000 trees of a native ‘Welcome Forest’ will be planted at Kelvin Heights’ Jardine Park tomorrow, and organisers hope lots of migrant families and newcomers will come and help. The planting day, running from 9am to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Covid's knocked Queenstown tourism for a six but fuelled a boom in the high-end residential property market. In a trend that’s taken many agents by surprise, this market — we’re talking $4 million-plus deals — has become more...
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