Queenstown Ice Arena co-owner Ted Graham paints the rink's ceiling where condensation has loosened the paint. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Instead of taking a summer holiday, Queenstown Ice Arena
co-owners and brothers Ted and Daniel Graham are taking turns
painting the rink's ceiling and doing other necessary
The ceiling is painted every year due to condensation
loosening the paint, though this year paint was only needed
''All of it probably takes about three weeks,'' Ted Graham
''Last year, we probably spent two months on it.''
The brothers are hoping to open the arena during the summer
school holidays but the rink must first be insulated.
''We're waiting for consents ... it's not a huge urgency but
we would like to get it done before we open [for this
In the off-season, skates are also sharpened, the floor
painted, planning undertaken and everything is primed for
opening, which is scheduled for April 19.
''There's tons of stuff for us to do.''