Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The finance minister is in Queenstown with some simple advice: Think more like you're in Auckland.

It's one of the strongest pieces of advice Grant Robertson shared at a meeting today.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Queenstown's poshest hotel will soon be offering guests a stay on its new superyacht - albeit at an eye-watering cost.

Eichardt's Private Hotel has bought the Pacific Jemm luxury superyacht, which is docked in Queenstown's Steamer Wharf.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

An Australian man who was run over after lying down on the middle of a Queenstown road has been left with critical injuries.

The twenty seven year-old was hit by a car in Lake Street at about 1am, after the driver failed to spot him on the road.

The man, who was lying down near the intersection with Man Street, was initially taken to Lakes District Hospital to be treated.

He was later taken to Invercargill Hospital by air ambulance, before being flown to Dunedin Hospital.

The tourist suffered internal bleeding and is currently in a critical but stable condition.

The Serious Crash Unit is reviewing the scene of the accident.

Police are looking for anyone who was in the area at that time of night.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A schoolgirl recognised as a talented leader by her teachers and peers has been handed an award by a celebrated athlete and conservation boss.

Department of Conservation Southern South Island director Aaron Fleming has awarded the Sir Peter Blake Trust's Young Leader Award to a 12-year-old pupil.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Chinese culture has been on show at Queenstown's Saint Joseph's School yesterday thanks to a group of visiting students.

Some of the students performed special cultural dances, while Saint Joseph's pupils responded with traditional waiata and songs performed by the school choir.

There were also speeches from Mayoress Karen Boult and members of the Chinese delegation.

The event was organised by the New Zealand Hubei Culture Trade Economy Association.

The performances were followed by a shared morning tea and school tour.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

She might have just turned one hundred and two, but Wanaka resident Barbara Cruickshank is still a bundle of energy that lights up with excitement each and every day.

With a grin stretching from ear to ear she celebrated her birthday today...

Surrounded by friends and family she was treated to a performance from Wanaka Ukeleles and a healthy slice of cake...

She says she has no idea how she's managed such longevity, but says seeing her six great grandchildren grow up is what keeps her going now...

Barbara was born in Liverpool, but moved to Central Otago with her family when she was about five...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A group of Queenstown protesters have voiced their opposition to the use of ten eighty poison.

The leader of the group is walking to Parliament.

Along the way he's been sharing his message against aerial drops of the pesticide.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The victory celebrations rang out across the south this morning as England finally ended their penalties curse, beating Colombia 4-3 in a shootout in their football World Cup last sixteen clash.

A horde of ex-pats and tourists gathered at bars and restaurants in Queenstown to watch the drama unfold.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Alexandra's commercial ice rink was busy over the weekend with curlers celebrating 50 years of the Lowburn Curling Club.

23 curlers from the home club faced off against five other teams from the Central Otago region.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The next generation of chefs and restaurant moguls have been showing off their stuff in Queenstown.

Queenstown Primary School pupils kept themselves busy, setting up and running their own restaurant.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Young Queenstown ice hockey players have been given the rare chance to train with their sporting heroes ahead of tomorrow night's showdown between USA and Canada.

Players from both teams arrived yesterday to prepare for the highly-anticipated Ice Hockey Classic match, with Team USA determined to level the series.

Monday, June 25, 2018

There may have been a drone interference and a dozen arrests, but the Queenstown winter festival once again went off with a bang.

The event was given a revamp with a new format and some different locations, and organisers are very pleased with the result.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Around 3000 people lined Queenstown's waterfront on Thursday to watch the Winter Festival opening ceremony.

Higher up on the ski slopes, people enjoyed various novelty events celebrating the start of the winter season.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

An estimated 3000 people lined Queenstown's waterfront yesterday to watch a Queenstown Winter Festival opening ceremony with a strong cultural flavour.
At the precise moment the Prime Minister was giving birth to a baby girl, the four-day festival got started with 200 torchbearers walking through the resort's CBD.
The procession ended on the beach at Queenstown Bay, where they greeted three waka ama.
After a powhiri and kapa haka by Wakatipu High School pupils, a Tiki Taane gig got the party started in front of a waterfront stage.
Across town, rival teams of skiers and snowboarders that included Winter Olympic medallists Zoe Sadowski Synnott and Nico Porteous went to battle in the ``Legends of Steel'' title on a rail set up on a snow-covered ramp.
Festivities continue today with the dog derby at Real Journeys-owned Cardrona Alpine Resort.
All previous derbies, apart from one cancelled because of bad weather, have been held at a NZSki-owned field _ usually Coronet Peak.
The change of venue has come about with Real Journeys becoming the naming rights sponsor of the winter festival.
A disappointed NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson told Queenstown's Mountain Scene newspaper in April there was a chance a competing dog derby would be held this year at Coronet Peak ``where it belongs''.
However, Mr Anderson said this week it would not be happening during the festival.
`We haven't done any planning for a dog derby but I'd never rule it out.
``It's an event we are really passionate about.
``We feel like it's part of the fabric of the peak.''
The dog derby was devised in 1975 by Coronet Peak rentals manager Des Gavin.
Cardrona general manager Bridget Legnavsky said this week she was ``just focussed on delivering a great event at Cardrona.
``That's all we care about.''
She said there had been plenty of interest and no sign people were put off by the change of venue.
And, she said, Cardrona had run dog derbies before, although she was unsure whether or not they were run during the festival.
``We've got great pictures of people running down Captains [Basin] with their dogs.
``They are not new to us.
``We are experienced with it.''
Today's programme in Queenstown features a dodgeball competition, a business lunch, comedy show, a Hollie Smith Duo gig at the Sherwood and a fireworks display over Queenstown Bay.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The forty-fourth Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off tonight.

It's the second year of the festival's condensed format, with four days of parties, fun on the snow and a stellar line-up of musicians and comedians.