JUNE FEATURE

Billie setting up with Tom Tom Productions’ Michael Eden ready to record her song for Rockquest in Queenstown last year (2020).

HOMEGROWN MELLOW’DY

Billie’s unique sound

While other little seven-year-old girls were probably playing dress-ups and Barbies, Billie Comer was composing music.

By eight, she’d already caught the attention of US composer and conductor Conrad Pope. Conrad and Billie were introduced and it was at the time he was conducting the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra during recording for the sound track on The Hobbit movie.

An avid talent spotter, Conrad encouraged the Queenstown youngster, who’d started playing piano aged five, to send him one of her own compositions. He then later transposed her piece entitled, ‘Cloudman’, for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to play.

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Podcast of the Month | Unfinished: Short Creek
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Podcast of the Month with Karolin Frohnert Unfinished: Short Creek Witness Docs There is something incredibly intriguing about a society that practices polygamy, is run by a prophet and describe…

NO MAN’S LAND
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JUNE READING | WITH QLDC LIBRARIES
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June Readingwith Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes Libraries Adults’ Read Other People’s Houses Kelli Hawkins FF HAW – (Frankton) A debut novel from Australian author Kelli Hawkins. Ten years ago,…

Podcast of the Month | Land of the Giants
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Podcast of the Month with Karolin Frohnert Land of the Giants VOX This podcast series just completed its third season and is full of information and insights into the world…

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Explore

Rock Peak

This walk is the perfect stop off point next time you’re heading to Wanaka. Rather than breezing past the lookout at the top, park up and take a bit of time to re-appreciate a view you’re already very familiar with. At the far end of the car park is a fence and a stile to cross onto a farm track. Join this and follow the road as far as you like. You’ll not get lost!


with Shaun Vining

Since arriving to live in this town in 1999 I’ve seen Queenstown grow immensely in many areas. Live Music was relegated to Chicos Jam Night, The Jazz Festival and New Year’s Eve, (with Mark Wilson sneaking in live music wherever he could). Each band had Ned Webster playing in it, playing a different instrument in each band. There were three shows a year. Showbiz Queenstown’s annual show, Queenstown Shakespeare with a show in the Queenstown Gardens and Starry Eyed, (a show that had locals performing as a famous singer).

JUNE

Weather

JUNE AVERAGES

4.3°C

74.1 hours

67mm

22.7 days


RECORDS


Highest
Temperature

19.8°C

(1942)

Heaviest
Frost

-12.6°C

(1952)

Lowest
Temperature

-6.6°C

(1878)

Highest
Rainfall

181.3mm

(1986)

Highest
Sunshine

102.1 Hours

(1942)

Lowest
Rainfall

7.6mm

(1900)