Brazil

Top showjumper shows up

By PHILIP CHANDLER One of New Zealand’s top showjumping riders has shifted to Queenstown to start a new chapter in her life. Professional rider and coach Lucy Olphert, who’s moved down from Mount Maunganui, says Queenstown’s a place she’s long admired, and...

Business savvy gets glammed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH What started as frustration about four years ago has morphed into a new business for a Queenstowner entrepreneur. Susana Tamega, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, moved to the resort four years ago. In her home city it was normal for...

Hope held till the end

By PHILIP CHANDLER A remarkable Queenstowner has died in his native Czech Republic, aged only 34, just four months after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Jacob Macak told he'd developed deep vein thrombosis after flying back from Europe given six...

Stuck in Brazil

By PHILIP CHANDLER Concern's growing for dozens of Queenstown-based Brazilians who can't get back to their adopted hometown. A local Brazilian knows of 113 of her countryfolk on New Zealand work visas who were visiting Brazil when borders shut because of the...
It's never been harder to be a migrant in Queenstown, with their numbers disproportionately represented in the ranks of those currently losing their jobs. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to two members from the largest migrant group, Brazilians, who've been working hard to support their...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown’s first music festival in the Covid-19 era is set to prop up the resort’s “underground” songwriting community high above the forest floor. Treehouse Sessions will see 20 local artists perform in treehouses as punters zipline between them...

Double whammy

By PHILIP CHANDLER A heavily-pregnant Queenstown migrant stressed out about losing her job claims she's also been intimidated by her landlord. Spa beauty and massage therapist Viviane Soares de Freitas was distressed enough to be among 150 Hilton Hotel staff made redundant...
By MATTHEW MCKEW An urgent review of essential skills work visas is needed to protect local Kiwis from job losses, Queenstown's mayor says. Jim Boult's written a letter calling on Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway to relax the visa requirement of 30 hours'...
On Sunday evenings, dozens of worshippers gather for mass at St Andrew's Church, but it's not a service in English they've come for.  Brazilian-born minister Clay Peterson de Oliveira talks to LUISA GIRAO about his life in Queenstown and...

Brazil comes to resort

It's carnival time! In February, a ripple of party fever spreads throughout Brazil for Queenstown, and its big Brazilian community, estimated at more than 2000, won't be missing the fun. Tomorrow night, 'Carnaval 2020' at Queenstown Memorial Centre will celebrate Brazil's...
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