Thursday, November 15, 2018

The truckie who witnessed a horror double-fatal accident near Kingston says the nightmare stretch of State Highway 6 is one of New Zealand's most dangerous roads.

Gore truck driver Bruce Moffatt's still struggling to come to terms with seeing the crash on November the first between a car and bus, which left two Americans dead.


Monday, November 12, 2018

A Queenstown company has kitted out a nineteen fifties armoured truck to impress tourists and residents at public events.

Adventure tourism operator Go Orange have unveiled Frank the Tank after months of hard work, to make the old combat vehicle road-legal.


Friday, November 9, 2018

Queenstown Primary School pupils have enjoyed a bicycle ride with a skeleton and got up close and personal with mock faeces at the Science Roadshow this week.

The school hosted the event to give the youngsters an interactive lesson in all things science as part of the roadshow's one hundred and twenty stop tour of New Zealand.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

They are often the first people you see when you're crook or in need of a hospital visit, and now Queenstown nurses have been recognised for their hard work.

The nursing team at Lakes District Hospital's been named Team of the Year in the Southern DHB's Staff Excellence Awards.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

After eight years, hundreds of thousands of dollars, and plenty of hard slog, work's finally started on Queenstown Coastguard's new home.

The team of volunteers is set to shift from their current base in a storage shed at Frankton Marina to a purpose built facility early next year.


Friday, November 2, 2018

A horrific fatal crash near Kingston, has fanned safety concerns regarding the tourist highway,heading into the busy summer season.

One person was killed and 10 injured, one critically, after a car and bus collided on State Highway 6 just south of Kingston yesterday.

Police have confirmed, the car involved was a rental carrying two foreign nationals.

The driver of the car remains in a critical condition.

It was the second fatal crash involving a car and tourist bus in the area, in just over two weeks.

There have been almost 200 crashes on the road since two thousand, including 6 fatal and 12 serious collisions.

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult says he is concerned about the coming summer tourist season, when traffic volumes will increase.

The crash occurred on the first day of a new air ambulance arrangement, under which a dedicated rescue helicopter is based in Queenstown.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

The owner of Queenstown's skifields has announced a thirty five million dollar investment project featuring a chondola, new lift, and summer offerings.

The chondola will feature a mix of chairs and gondola cabins to replace the Coronet Express.

NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson says the investment is massive.

The major upgrades follow a bumper ski season, with operations up about twenty percent.

Those not so keen on the cold will be able to check out Coronet in summer, with the company seeking to offer guided walks, sightseeing and mountain biking.

Over at The Remarkables, the Sugar Bowl Basin is set to be redeveloped with a new high-speed six-seater chairlift.

The boost takes NZ-Ski's total investment in Coronet Peak and The Remarkables to nearly a hundred million dollars since twenty fourteen.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

State Highway 6 has reopened near Kingston after a crash between a car and a tourist bus left 1 person dead and 10 injured this morning

The two vehicles collided shortly before seven thirty 7.30am on a notorious stretch of road.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Queenstown celebrated Diwali on Sunday night with a crowd of almost five hundred packed in to the town's Memorial Centre.

Performers marked the Hindu festival of lights, which was being held for the fourth year in the resort.


Monday, October 29, 2018

A new trail at Tucker Beach has been officially opened, three years after gaining approval from the Queenstown Lakes District Council, and given to the community by Rotary Queenstown.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Queenstown's mayor says further development along Ladies' Mile is improbable unless the New Zealand Transport Agency can find a solution to increasing traffic congestion.

Roadworks at the notorious Tucker Beach Road intersection have exacerbated existing traffic woes along State Highway 6 - with reduced speed limits likely to be in place until at least the end of January.

The speed limit in the vicinity of the roadworks was initially lowered from 80 to 60 kilometres per hour.

That's now been reduced to 30.

There has since been an increase in congestion, particularly for those trying to get onto the highway from Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country.

Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he's asked NZTA to look into what can be done to smooth traffic, as it's almost at a standstill.

But NZTA say only two complaints about the traffic have been received and there was congestion before the project started.

The Tucker Beach Road project is set to be completed in April next year.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Queenstown Primary School have celebrated the more than forty different cultures represented at the school.

They've held an International Day, with students able to get a taste of the nationalities that make their school so unique.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

A security camera has captured the moment the driver of a vehicle mowed through a family of ducks, seconds after a woman trying to help them moved from the middle of the road.

A Queenstown resident reviewed the footage from the camera shortly after the incident earlier this month and contacted police to lay a complaint.

A warning, some viewers may find this footage disturbing.

The footage shows a group of about nine ducklings and two adult ducks waddling on the footpath before venturing on to the road.

The family has two near-misses with vehicles, before a woman in a purple jacket attempts to help the ducks across the road.

She can be seen signaling to the driver of the red-coloured Subaru Legacy as it approaches to slow down, but the car does not appear to, driving over several of the ducks, while the woman stands just off the footpath.

The mother and one of the ducklings were killed.

The surviving ducks were sent to Bird Rescue Dunedin and have now been re-homed in the city...


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

She might only be eight-years-old, but you definitely don't want to mess with Shyla Mulholland.

The primary schooler's recently returned from Auckland after claiming the top spot in her division at the Brazillian Jiu Jitsu tournament.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

There were memories and mischief in spades last weekend as past and present Queenstowners came together to remember their primary school days, four decades on.

They came from around New Zealand and Australia to reminisce, forty five years after starting at Queenstown Primary School in nineteen seventy three.