Kaye’s WinterFest test


A government minister will make a Queenstown education announcement at WinterFest’s business lunch.

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye attends the event on festival’s opening day next week.

She’s keeping quiet on specifics but tells Mountain Scene: “There will be future announcements around investment in education infrastructure.

“What I can say is there will be more to come.”

Beehive bigwigs are focused on the area, she says.

Shotover Primary, the first stage of which cost $14 million, opened last year. And Wakatipu High will move to its new Frankton site in 2018.

The topic at the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce-hosted lunch is ‘Perspectives on Queens-
town’s growth as a visitor destination’.

Kaye’s well aware of tourism and accommodation pressures.

“We are interested in ensuring Queenstown has the infrastructure it needs to grow. [There is] a very strong commitment and a lot of conversations are going on.”

It’s not just a political issue, she says - local businesses and the community must be involved.

“There are definitely areas like education where the government does basically write the cheque. But equally we have to work very closely with businesses to ensure they are also investing in what they need.”

Kaye will be joined on stage by business heavyweights Stephen Hamilton, of Horwath HTL, ASB economist Chris Tennent-Brown and Queenstown council’s boss Mike Theelen.

Festival boss Lisa Buckingham says the lunch is extremely popular with business types.

“Each year the lunch focuses on relevant tourism topics and attracts both media and political interest locally and from further afield.”

American Express Winter Festival Business Lunch, Skyline Queenstown, June 24, 12pm-2pm. SOLD OUT