Christina McDonald

Wealth of theatre talent in town

Wealth of theatre talent in town

In a community of about 30,000 permanent residents how and why does Queenstown support multiple theatre companies which can produce productions rivalling those in New Zealand's main centres?

$50m centre for resort?

$50m centre for resort?

A $50 million convention centre for Queenstown was a step closer yesterday with councillors giving unanimous support for the proposal to go to public consultation..

Temporary work visa numbers fall

There has been a ''year-on-year drop'' in the number of temporary work visas considered in Queenstown and the decline is attributed to the poor ski season in 2011 and staff shortages in the resort's small immigration office.

No frills on transtasman voyage

No frills on transtasman voyage

Delivering a multimillion-dollar catamaran across the Tasman will be anything but a luxury journey for the four-man crew.

Kayakers oppose KJet

Allowing commercial jet-boats on a section of the Kawarau River popular with kayakers would be akin to allowing motorcycles on parts of the Milford Track or rally cars on the Otago Central Rail Trail, a regional kayaking group has said in response to an application by KJet.

Smith has no fears about new business

Smith has no fears about new business

For some tourists, a new Queenstown attraction is competing with the likes of skiing for the highlight of their winter trip to the resort - and rather than ear-to-ear smiles the souvenir photos reveal people showing their enjoyment with terrified expressions.

Green gecko not in a rush

Green gecko not in a rush

The Kiwi Birdlife Park's pregnant Auckland green gecko is bulging at her green seams, but having the ability to adjust her gestation according to climatic conditions means it is likely she considers it too cold to let her twins see the world yet.

Drivers get 20kmh lesson

Drivers get 20kmh lesson

The school holidays have been a time of learning for motorists, who are being educated about the correct speed when driving past a school bus, and when school starts again next week there should be no excuses for not knowing the rules.

Stampede can make finals: Glass

Much-needed points were lost in Auckland on Saturday night but Southern Stampede captain Simon Glass is confident his team can still make the finals of the 2013 New Zealand Ice Hockey League.

Ice hockey: Stampede not taking lowly Admirals lightly

Ice hockey: Stampede not taking lowly Admirals lightly

Although buoyed by good performances against the Ice Blacks two weeks ago, Southern Stampede captain Simon Glass says his team will not be taking its struggling opponent lightly this weekend.