early start to kiwi ski season: heavy snow=suberb

Bumper Beginning to Ski Season in Queenstown, NZ
05 Jun 09
Heavy snow falls throughout May and early June combined with consistent cold temperatures mean the Southern skifields are in superb shape for the start of the 2009 winter season.

More snow is forecast to fall this later this week and Queenstown’s closest skifield Coronet Peak is scheduled to open this Saturday (6th June). The Remarkables, Cardona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone are all planning to open later in the month.

Destination Queenstown CEO Stephen Pahl said it was a fantastic start to the season, the best in many years, and the combination of several very positive factors pointed to a bumper winter.

“A snow holiday in Queenstown will be more attractive than ever this year to both New Zealanders and Australians. A low Kiwi dollar, easy and inexpensive access into Queenstown and an impressive snow base has drawn excellent winter bookings for the resort. Basically, it’s never been a better time to book a Queenstown winter holiday.”web watch for kiwi. New Zealand

Visitors from Australia can take advantage of 15 trans-Tasman flights from Air New Zealand and Qantas flying direct into the resort each week, and domestic connections from Air New Zealand and Jetstar.

“Queenstown is a unique and highly attractive destination for Australians, there is no similar four season lake and alpine resort there, and along with the other positive factors, our ski lift pass prices are far more affordable than Australian ski destinations.

For Australians on holiday there is so much to do in Queenstown. It’s not just about skiing and mountains although its fantastic to take advantage of having six skifields within an hour and a halfs drive. There’s also a huge range of activities and an ambience that’s best enjoyed over a hot chocolate or glass of wine.”

The 35th birthday of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival promises an extraordinary celebration of winter between 26th June and 5th July with a range of events staged at Coronet Peak and in town. In late August (21st to 30th) the inaugural Winter Games NZ begins – the only event of its kind outside the Winter Olympics.

NZs lonely grave of somebodys darling

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‘Lonely Graves’ are a famous feature of the area and a poignant
reminder of the courage and compassion of the pioneers.
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Sunday, 06 January 2008

The Lonely Grave of Somebody’s Darling


In New Zealand’s South Island, if you find yourself

driving on State Highway 8 south of Roxburgh make sure

you visit the Lonely Graves. To get to them, cross the

Clutha River to Miller’s Flat, turn right at Faigan’s store

and take the shingle road that leads along the

northern bank of the river towards Craig Flat.

You can’t miss the graves, two simple stone slabs

within a clumsy concrete and steel enclosure

which in the season of the year looks pretty

in a sea of blooming daffodils.

(In my illuustration I have moved them closer together).

The Lonely Graves are a poignant remnant of the

19th century Otago gold rush days when

young men came from all parts of the world

to try for their fortunes. It’s a sad fact that

many of those seekers died or disappeared,

frozen, drowned, accidentally killed in rock falls

or collapsed mine shafts, or even murdered;

unknown and uncommemorated by any grave

or entry into a register.

‘Somebody’s Darling’ might have suffered the

same obscurity had it not  been for the compassion

of William Rigney. One day at the end of 1864,

Rigney was strolling near the tailrace of the

gold claim he and others were working on

the Molyneux River – the old name for the Clutha

– when he noticed, on the river bank, a dog

standing shivering over a huddled shape.

It turned out to be the body of a fair young

man who appeared to have drowned.

Rigney called the police from Roxburgh

who investigated but were unable to establish

his identity. Rigney attended the  subsequent

inquest at which the verdict on this unknown

man was determined as death by drowning:

there were, it seems, no suspicious circumstances.

artist in residence, from korea to christchurch

Ji Min Kim is a visual artist from Korea web koeran P5132208and comes to the Christchurch Arts Centre from Changdong Art Studio (run by the National Museum of Contemporary Art) and will be resident from 4 May to 5 July. Kim’s residency is the New Zealand component of a collaboration between the Arts Centre, The Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Korea Foundation. Concurrently to Kim’s visit here, Dunedin based artist Kushana Bush will travel to Changdong for a residency.

Kim’s sculptural installations delve into consumerism and the power of the brand. By sewing together thousands of labels of ubiquitous, coveted brands (Nike, Levi, Adidas and the like), he creates large objects that are on their face visually arresting, yet simultaneously critique the ‘label’ and its power. Whilst here, Jimin plans to install an adaption of this work The Fan and document every stage of its construction and de-construction photographically. web korean P5142252Tae-man Choi writes in his article “A Black hole empty yet inescapable”.

The Fan, suggestive of Kenneth Noland and Frank Stella’s Hard Edge or Minimalist mode, refers to an electric fan or a fan as its shape indicates. As the English word ‘fan’ means the frenetic lover or supporter, the discs made of labels can be seen as black holes. These infinitely expanding black holes signify the pitfalls into which we fall in consumer society of the abysses where our desire for consumption and possession is incessantly stimulated.

photos by Heather Hapetaweb korean P5142259