Friday, February 24, 2017

American professional golfer Heath Slocum leads a quartet of world-class players confirmed for next month’s New Zealand Open in Queenstown.

Slocum has seven professional wins to his name, including four on the PGA Tour.

The 93rd New Zealand Open is a NZ$1 million tier one event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, and is run in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour.


Friday, February 24, 2017

There will no doubt be plenty of blood, sweat and tears over the next week for three hundred athletes in the GodZone Adventure Race.
The race starts at seven o'clock Saturday morning on the main beach in Queenstown Bay.

Today, the athletes are making their last minute preparations.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tonnes of bait laced with 1080 poison have finally been spread over the Makarora, Wilkin and Young Valleys in the Mt Aspiring National Park.

The poisoning is part of the Department of Conservation's national ``battle for our birds'' campaign.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Central and local government organisations are working together on a scheme to improve public transport in the Queenstown area.

The improvements will reduce bus fares, and create better bus routes and timetables.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

The largest adventure race in the world is to begin in Queenstown.

Chapter 6 of GODZone is due to begin in downtown Queenstown this weekend. Organisers say the seven-day expedition race is to commence at Queenstown Bay, in front of the new Eichardt’s building.

It is the first time the adventure-racing event has been held in the Queenstown region. More than 280 competitors have converged on the resort ready to put their best foot forward at the start line at 7am this Saturday.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Alexandra, Tarras and Ranfurly could have electric vehicle charging stations within a matter of weeks.

The Central Otago District Council agreed to provide sites in the three towns to network charging operator Charge Net. Company representative Nick Smith told the South Today it took about two weeks to set up a charging station once the paper work was done. The company is also looking for sites for charging stations at Frankton and Wanaka.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Kingston Flyer steam train is in the process of being sold.

Owner David Bryce has confirmed to the South Today the flyer is ``under contract''.

The former tourist attraction has been in storage at the southern end of Lake Wakatipu since being taken out of service about four years ago.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The man who crashed his $20 million McLaren F1 supercar into a Queenstown ditch has been given diversion.

Businessman Barry Leigh Fitzgerald, of Melbourne, Australia, was charged with operating a vehicle carelessly on the Glenorchy-Queenstown Road on December 3rd last year.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Queenstown's Skyline Company is spreading its reach overseas, including South Korea.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A video of a car being driven erratically across the Crown Range between Wanaka and Queenstown has gone viral.

The footage shows the blue car, allegedly driven by a tourist, crossing the centre line and nearly crashing into on-coming cars.

Damon Forde of Arrowtown posted the video on Facebook and it has been liked 1200 times and shared more than 1700 times.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The John Davies Oval at the Queenstown Events Centre, in Frankton is undergoing a major reconstruction.

The old turf has been removed and laser levelled, and drainage is being installed.

The upgrade is expected to cost the Queenstown Lakes District Council $640,000 and is being carried out by Queenstown company TIC Project.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has given an assurance it will not abandon the only road leading to Kinloch at the head of Lake Wakatipu, near Glenorchy.

The council is in fact planning a facelift for the nine kilometres of rough gravel that has had flooding issues in the past.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The living wage is set to increase from July this year.

Many employers pay their staff at the current living wage of $19.80. However, their employees will soon be paid more than twenty dollars an hour.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Christchurch Police have this morning arrested a 22-year-old man in relation to a telephone scam that has been targeting elderly people across New Zealand.

The man was due to appear in Christchurch District Court this afternoon on five charges of causing loss by deception, as well as perverting the course of justice and breach of bail.

The charges follow a police investigation into the scam, where offenders contacted elderly people over the phone, claimed to be from power companies and banks and threatened to disconnect their power if payment was not made immediately.


Monday, February 20, 2017

A Queenstown helicopter rescue pilot has become a media star after featuring in a new Discovery Channel television series.

Jason Laing appears in “Everest Rescue”, a six part series following helicopter rescue pilots carrying out risky operations on Mount Everest.