Otago Daily Times: Queenstown Lakes

Gay taunts 'a little bit like racism'

Gay taunts 'a little bit like racism'

A Queenstown man says he is subjected to taunts over his sexuality, which he likens to racism, every time he goes out in the resort at night.

Over half resort nightclubs had exit blockages

Over half resort nightclubs had exit blockages

More than half Queenstown's nightclubs have been found to be breaching fire regulations because of partially blocked exits.

Jaw broken after sexuality jibes in bar

Jaw broken after sexuality jibes in bar

A man who broke the jaw of an Australian ''homophobe'' in a Queenstown bar fight after being taunted was fined yesterday - but the charge was downgraded after the judge said the victim played a major part in the incident.

Council to discuss its 'aspirational' housing targets

''Aspirational'' housing targets for the Wakatipu basin under the Government's housing accord with Queenstown will be discussed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council this week.

Tourism strategy outlined

Tourism strategy outlined

A new economic development strategy identifies Wanaka as one of several ''opportunities'' for achieving higher tourist spending.

Council considering appointment of commissioners

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider the appointment of commissioners for its proposed Plan Change 50 at its meeting in Wanaka tomorrow.

Alcohol fumes irk judge

Alcohol fumes irk judge

A judge told an Australian tourist charged with drink-driving in Queenstown he could smell the alcohol fumes from the Bench.

Climber achieved goal before fall

Climber achieved goal before fall

The climber who died on Mt Aspiring on Sunday night was a ''sensible young guy'' who had only just achieved his goal of conquering the difficult south face when tragedy struck.

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