Air New Zealand

By HUGH COLLINS Airlines' self-interest is causing ‘‘huge disruption’’ for events, Winter Pride festival director Martin King says. The 10-day festival’s starting today with only three of its events scrubbed because of Alert Level 2 rules. But the response of Air New...

Give us strength

By TRACEY ROXBURGH & MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's bracing for a second wave of Covid-19 restrictions, with genuine fears about how some businesses will cope, should the worst case eventuate. The resort, and the majority of New Zealand, moved back to Alert Level...

Stamp of approval

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local sculptor Shane Woolridge is putting a stamp on his work to raise money for Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum quake-strengthening project. In collaboration with New Zealand Post, he’s producing 10 stamps featuring different sculptures he’s created over the past...
By GUY WILLIAMS Passengers flying into Queenstown on Air New Zealand's turboprop planes will have to put up with weather-related disruptions for a while yet. The airline says it's in the "final stages" of getting Civil Aviation Authority approval for required...
By GUY WILLIAMS Nicholas Holmes was already having the year from hell. After four months in Covid-ravaged French Guiana, the Queenstowner managed to get on a flight to Paris last month, and in a rare moment of good luck, was allowed...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks  to government funding, Queenstown's mayor's hopeful construction of the first phase of the resort's long-awaited CBD arterial bypass will start in the second quarter of next year. In a wide-ranging interview, Jim Boult talks about the government's...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown's only wildlife park has had "overwhelming" support after being forced into Covid-19 survival mode. For all of last month, Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street operated on donations only, a move that was purely about raising awareness,...
Imagine a tourist town with no tourists. Scary as it sounds, Queenstown's effectively facing that scenario right now - at least for the 70 per cent of our visitors who come from overseas - thanks to tough new control measures...
Fasten your seatbelts, Queenstown. We're in for a bumpy ride. It's now impossible to have a conversation with anyone that doesn't include 'coronavirus' ... a word I hadn't even heard of until about three months ago. This week the proverbial hit the...
Air New Zealand's naming sponsorship of the Queenstown International Marathon has reached the finish-line following last Saturday's sixth running of the race. The national airline's been onboard since day one, playing a huge role in marketing the event, not to...
A Queenstown hotelier believes Air New Zealand's holding the resort to ransom with exorbitant domestic airfares – unless people book months in advance. Lew Gdanitz, who also has a Christchurch home, says Queenstown to Christchurch return fares are regularly $600-plus...
A Queenstown vet treated a well-known human during a recent mid-air medical scare. Broadcaster Jason Gunn was flying back to Christchurch from his Queenstown holiday home when he passed out after overdosing on medication. Locally-based Ngaire Dixon was returning to Christchurch,...
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