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Charity pageant

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowner Deborah Coburn, who’s run more than 20 local fashion shows and charity events, got motivated to organise another one when an annual charity fundraiser was canned last year. The local Supper Club raises big bucks for Ronald...
By MARK PRICE Two Himalayan high-flyers will be guest speakers at tomorrow night's Rotary Club of Queenstown fundraising dinner and auction. One is mountaineer Peter Hillary, the well-known son of the late Sir Edmund Hillary who  was first to climb Mt...
By LUISA GIRAO A jury trial for a man who stabbed two others in Queenstown in 2019’s expected to conclude today. Jack James Harrington, 21, of Nelson, has copped to stabbing George McKenzie Nielson and Ryan Graham Boe about 2.20am on August...

Sobering survey

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Almost a third of Queenstown CBD businesses don’t expect to survive till winter, a new survey shows. Last month’s Queenstown Chamber of Commerce-led business confidence survey attracted 241 responses from Whakatipu businesses — 187 of those in or...
By GUY WILLIAMS A social enterprise born out of the Covid lockdown made its first charitable donation last Wednesday. Less than two months after it launched, Kiwi Welcome distributed $250 to the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. Founder Sam Brough hopes it’s the first...

Launching ‘Kiwi OE’

By TRACEY ROXBURGH They've decided to take the mountain to Muhammed. Hoping to attract Kiwis to Queenstown for work — even if it’s only for a few weeks at a time — Remarkable Labour bosses Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott have...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks to a Queenstowner's initiative, Otago and Southland Covid-19 lockdown heroes have been rewarded with free accommodation, activities, attractions and meals shouted by Southern operators. John Cushen set up Southern Heroes NZ after being moved by the story of...
For at least 45 years this community's been having the same conversation. We have gone around in circles and done an award-winning impersonation of a 'push me pull you' when it comes to a local visitor levy. But soon, for the...

Name stoush settled

A developer's changed the name of his Queenstown apartment project to avoid clashing with a local motel. Tony Gapes, who developed Frankton's Five Mile shopping complex, launched his 44-unit 'Alexis' development, on the Gorge Road/Hallenstein Street corner, over autumn. However that...

Ratings shame

Used toilets, 'haunted' rooms, and a guest claiming she was told to go to a shop for bandages after cutting herself on a rusty fridge. These are just a few of the bugbears of visitors who have stayed at the...

Hotel fever

A $50 million-plus hotel on a prime downtown site is the next project for booming Queenstown. Leading local developers John Martin, John Darby and Michael Davies want to build the hotel on top of the four-level Man Street carpark they...

Hotel’s milestone

Which Queenstown hotel has had one owner and two managers over two decades? The answer's St Moritz, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last week. The owner's Queenstowner Graham Wilkinson, who only briefly had a business partner early on, and the managers...
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