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QTMAGAZINE AUTUMN 2018
Around the Region
Queenstown Star of the NZ Open
Queenstown has been credited for the ongoing
success of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open and
organisers say it will continue to be held in the resort
for the foreseeable future, with 2019 marking the 100th
year of the event.
Tournament chairman John Hart says the New
Zealand Open has been played at The Hills and
Millbrook Resort courses since 2014 and as long
as the owners of the two courses, along with the
Queenstown Lakes District Council and many local
sponsors support the tournament, it will remain a
permanent fixture in the area.
“Queenstown has made this tournament what it is
and I for one can’t see it moving – in fact I would like
to see it here for the next 100 years.”
Hart says the Pro-Am format , where amateurs play
alongside the professionals, has also contributed
to the profile of the tournament, at the same time
helping grow the overall prize purse for the event,
which is now co-sanctioned with the ISPS Handa PGA
Tour of Australasia and the Asian Tour along with a
partnership arrangement with the Japan Golf Tour.
The 2018 event was televised to more than 70
countries and Hart says with Queenstown as the
backdrop the images sent around the world could
only be positive for New Zealand tourism.
Australian Daniel Nisbet won the event in an exciting
finish, outclassing compatriot and overnight leader
Terry Pilkadaris, and breaking the previous record of 26
under set in 1964 by Aussie golfing legend Kel Nagle.
New Home for Private Planes
The Wakatipu Aero Club has found a new home, now
operating from an airstrip in Kingston.
The Club’s lease at Queenstown Airport expired in
2015 and over the past 18 months it has been working
with the Queenstown Airport Corporation to find a
suitable long-term location to re-establish its private
flying and flight training activities.
President Adrian Snow says that while it’s taken
some time to find the right site they are very happy
with the result.
“Kingston now has a private, well-graded, full length
grass airstrip and has recently gained resource
consent to operate an airfield. Our members across
the Wakatipu Basin can access the airfield and it’s the
perfect size for our operations.”
with Jenny McLeod
Wanaka Olympians Take it to
Two young Wanaka Winter Olympians broke New
Zealand’s medal drought when they claimed bronze
medals in their respective disciplines at the recent
2018 Olympics in Pyeong Chang, 26 years after New
Zealand’s only other medallist, Annelise Coberger won
silver in alpine slalom at Albertville.
Sixteen-year-olds Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico
Porteous stood on the podium after spectacular
finishes in the women’s big air and the men’s freeski
half pipe, while Wanaka’s Beau James Wells was
tantalisingly close in fourth place.
Tragically his brother
Byron, who was
widely tipped as
a medallist after
qualifying in fourth
position for the same
event, suffered a
serious leg injury
during the warm up
and was forced to
New Zealand’s results at the South Korean Olympics
are seen as a reflection of the growth of winter sport
and the increasing strength of individual sports
The annual Winter Games NZ which is held in
Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby also makes a
significant contribution, according to chairman Sir
“The outstanding results of Zoi and Nico and the
other quality performances of the New Zealand
team in PyeongChang is a wonderful endorsement
of our Games.”
Twenty five out of the 30 medallists in the Olympic
Park and Pipe freeski and snowboard events and a
gold medallist in cross country skiing all competed
in the Winter Games NZ last year underlining the
importance of the event internationally.
Ambitious Affordable Housing
One thousand affordable homes are planned in the
Queenstown Lakes district over the next ten years
in a bid to tackle the growing waiting list of families
requiring housing assistance.
The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust
has committed to providing the homes by 2028 with a
record 500 eligible households currently needing help.
Since the trust was formed in 2007, 160 households
have been assisted into affordable, secure tenure
housing throughout the district, through the shared
ownership programme, affordable rentals and their
rent saver programme.
Chairman Martin Hawes says the high numbers on
the waiting list have prompted the trust to expand its
operations and set the goal of 1000 homes over the
next ten years.
“Clearly the trust is going to have a far greater role in
the provision of housing than what it has previously
held, and we’ll need to scale up operations accordingly.”
Nico Porteous &
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