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There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...

Canyoning firm pulls the plug

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown adventure tourism company’s hibernating as it’s on ‘‘a hiding to nothing’’ till borders reopen. Canyon Explorers is pulling the plug this coming Monday, though its fulltimers — three guides and a frontliner — have all found...

Challenges excite new boss

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism New Zealand’s former boss, who this week took the helm of Queenstown’s largest tourism company, appears undaunted by his sector’s struggles. Stephen England-Hall’s moved to the resort to run Wayfare Group — whose stable includes Queenstown’s Earnslaw...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Closed borders are providing an extra boost for next month’s Twilight Opera, the stage for which is a recently-designated ‘garden of national interest’ at Dalefield. Produced by the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society (ACAS), with Auckland’s Opera Studio, it’ll...

A time to make connections

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's Maz Islamic Education Centre will throw open its doors tomorrow to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about Muslim religion and culture. Set in rooms on Level 2 of the Sofitel hotel, the education centre...

Choppy: Woman of heart

Writer/business coach Jacqui Thomas first came to Queenstown to work in 1994 and last left here in 2016. In her new book on female business founders ‘doing business with heart’, she features a pioneering heli-tourism operator she met when living...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Horror stories are starting to emerge in Queenstown as businesses continue to face staff shortages. While the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) this week added more occupations to its ‘‘under-supply’’ list for the Queenstown Lakes — including jobs...
THERE’S a bloody big elephant stampeding through the streets of Queenstown and no one, it seems, can see it. And if someone doesn’t do something soon, that bloody big elephant is going to smash our streets to smithereens. Our elephant, the...

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...

Banishing plastics

By MATTHEW MCKEW A postponed wedding’s been the launchpad for a Queenstown company aimed at banishing plastic waste from grocery shopping. Lauren Redmond resigned from Jack’s Point Clubhouse a day before lockdown, intending to focus more on freelancing in the events sector. But...

Stampede roll Allstars side

By MATTHEW MCKEW The winning streak continues for Queenstown’s SkyCity Stampede as they head into the final weekend of hockey for the year. The hometown heroes welcomed fans back last weekend for the first time this season with two thumping wins...

Covid-19 forces DQ cuts

TWO more Destination Queenstown staff have been made redundant. In a statement, DQ interim boss Ann Lockhart says it’s ‘‘with much regret’’ the board’s disestablished the international markets manager roles for both Asia and Western, held, respectively, by Ella Zhang...
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