Olivia Caldwell

Pilot declined CAA interview over Queenstown incident

The pilot charged with careless use of an aircraft in an outbound flight from Queenstown almost two years ago declined to be interviewed by the Civil Aviation Authority about the incident, the authority's general manager told the Queenstown District Court this morning.

Expert witnesses disagree over anti-ice procedure

Expert witnesses disagree over anti-ice procedure

A disagreement between three expert witnesses on whether anti-icing procedures should have been carried out dominated court proceedings yesterday in Queenstown in the prosecution of a pilot charged with operating his Pacific Blue Boeing 737 jet carelessly.

Use of windsocks to measure wind speed unreliable, witness says

Pacific Blue airline captain's use of airport windsocks to measure wind gusts before taking off was both criticised and defended in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.

Local matters once over lightly

Local matters once over lightly

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English was in Queenstown last week and Queenstown Times reporter Olivia Caldwell sat down for 20 questions in 20 minutes with the Clutha-Southland MP.

Tri events offer great terrain

Tri events offer great terrain

Competitors in the Active QT Ultimate Tri Series will be given the "exclusive" opportunity to run, bike and swim on Ben Lomond Station near Queenstown this Saturday.

Discussion of open spaces on the agenda

Landscape protection will be high on the Queenstown Lakes District Council's strategy committee agenda tomorrow.

Update on land rezoning plans

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will update members about 12 different progressing plan changes, the majority involving land rezoning, during its strategy committee meeting tomorrow.

Lodge hearing adjourned

Owners of the luxury Matakauri Lodge will have to wait longer to expand the lodge after commissioners adjourned a hearing to decide on the construction of a proposed "owners' cottage".

Speedminton: New sport for school

Described as the next-generation racquet sport, speed badminton - speedminton - has reached Dunedin.

Race attracts record number of runners

Race attracts record number of runners

While Motatapu race organisers have capped the number of mountain-bike entries this year, running competitors have reached a record high for the event.