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Queenstown firm offers rapid Covid-19 testing

By PHILIP CHANDLER A QUEENSTOWN stem cell company's offering speeded-up testing for the Covid-19 virus spreading the world and locking down New Zealand, and other...

Nick’s hellish year continues

By GUY WILLIAMS Arrowtown's Nicholas Holmes thought he'd had enough drama in 2020, but now finds himself stranded in French Guiana in a coronavirus lockdown. Holmes arrived...

‘Stress eased’ for some migrant workers

New Zealand’s immigration minister’s going to "urgently enable" three initiatives to help migrants on essential skills work visas. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult video conferenced with...

WinterFest 2020 wiped out by virus

By MATTHEW MCKEW and HUGH COLLINS Uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic's forced the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2020 to be cancelled. The festival, in its...

‘Slash rentals’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A health and safety adviser wants Queenstown's landlords to slash rents during this Covid-19-induced lockdown - and he's got support from the...

Rent holidays called for

By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown restaurateur believes businesses like his that've been forced to close due to Covid-19 deserve a rent holiday "because our turnover...

Retired docs may man hotels

By MATTHEW MCKEW Hotels in Queenstown may be needed for makeshift hospital wards should an outbreak of Covid-19 become widespread, a doctor's warning. Dr Sam Hazledine,...

Colourful Italian import

Queenstown continues to attract its share of multi-millionaire entrepreneurs.  One such is Italian Mauro Balzarini, who was formerly Australia's largest livestock exporter.  He's now...

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COMMUNITY. If there's a word that sums up what's important right now, that's it. We're in this together, and as a publishing media group, Allied Press...

Urgent action needed on skills visas

By MATTHEW MCKEW An urgent review of essential skills work visas is needed to protect local Kiwis from job losses, Queenstown's mayor says. Jim Boult's written a...

Our helping hands

By HUGH COLLINS Local community centres are set to hit the frontline in Queenstown's response to the Covid-19 crisis. Happiness House, Wakatipu's only community drop-in centre,...

‘Dying is not an option’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner diagnosed with terminal cancer has urgently flown to Mexico for treatment to try to beat the odds - and the...
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