Alert Level 4

By GUY WILLIAMS A small jet flew from Sydney to Queenstown on Tuesday, picked up a passenger and flew back to the Australian city. The Embraer Phenom 300 landed just after midday with an Australian pilot onboard, picked up the passenger —...

Boult: No govt wage subsidy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Another wage subsidy’s been ruled out to help struggling tourism businesses in the Queenstown Lakes and beyond. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult had ‘‘frank discussion’’ during an online meeting with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Tourism Minister Stuart...
Darren Lovell’s ‘Your Word’ piece (MS, Nov 26) sure created a stir. Darren raised a valid concern about the future of our town, and indeed the wider district, if we don’t get any international visitors back soon. Some of the responses...

Needs fund tops $1m

By TRACEY ROXBURGH In just over six months more than $1 million has been raised for the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Established by Queenstown’s fundraising queen Kaye Parker during Alert Level 4 lockdown to provide financial support to front-line charities in...

Heading for the hills

By GUY WILLIAMS A project to put five huts in the mountains between Coronet Peak and Treble Cone skifields has emerged from Covid-19 hibernation. Mountain Turk Club founder Erik Bradshaw says the final touches to the four-bunk 'Turk huts' - built using...
By HUGH COLLINS Like most of us, Sofia Machray has spent the last seven weeks complying  with the national Covid-19 lockdown. But this was never going to stop last Friday's release of her debut single, Handstands. The Arrowtown songwriter and guitarist describes...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Auckland owner of Queenstown's QBox campsite's donated $20,000 to the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Following an article in Mountain Scene last week, Li contacted fundraising queen Kaye Parker, who founded the fund in conjunction with the Wakatipu Community...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The couple who made Queenstown's Shotover Jet world-famous are devastated owner Ngai Tahu Tourism's bailing out. The big corporate last week announced it's closing its tourism businesses, including Shotover Jet and Glenorchy's Dart River Jet, "for the time being",...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Kelvin Peninsula Community Association's requesting Queenstown's council urgently restrict the narrow, winding Peninsula Track to walkers during the Covid-19-induced lockdown - however, the council's not intending taking that step at this stage. KPCA, according to its Facebook page,...
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