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HOW cosmopolitan is Queenstown? Well, Novotel hotelier Jim Moore tells me 25 nationalities are represented on his staff. Wonder if any employer can beat that?

AT the opening of Forsyth Barr’s Queenstown office last night, chairman Sir Eion Edgar was explaining how he always believes in expanding in a recession. As a result his investment house had added eight new branches over the past year. His only hope was that there wouldn’t be another recession too soon because there was hardly anywhere else in New Zealand to expand to.

IT’S said that locals always leave things to the last minute. Well, it’s true. Seventeen of the 31 Queenstown Lakes candidates who are standing for this year’s local body elections delayed putting in their nominations till the last two days before last Friday’s deadline.

IT’S hard not to feel sorry for would-be Arrowtown candidate Ang van der Laan whose nomination was withdrawn when it was discovered one of her nominators – retiring Queenstown councillor Gillian Macleod, no less – lived outside her ward. Apparently this same rule almost tripped up retiring Arrowtown councillor John R. Wilson six years ago. Originally he was nominated by former Arrowtown councillor David Clarke till it was discovered his nominator lived outside the ward.