Brazil

Fingers crossed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is rumoured to be making an imminent announcement regarding working holiday and supplementary seasonal employer (SSE) visas. While details are scant, Mountain Scene understands INZ may announce SSE visa holders can move to working holiday visas,...

New BJJ hotshot

By GUY WILLIAMS When Brent and Paula Te Kawa put out the feelers for a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) instructor for their new Queenstown academy, they got a flood of high-calibre applicants from overseas. So they were surprised when the strongest application...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A star Queenstown Rovers footballer nicknamed ‘the king’ has hung up his boots after 12 years. A centre forward or striker, Carlos Herrman, 36, says he’s retiring as ‘‘I’m just getting a bit old and just physically it’s...

Repat flights now personal

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A QUEENSTOWN travel agency’s done a Covid-induced pirouette, hoping to do its bit to help. While xtravel co-owner Victoria Keating says shifting to focus solely on repatriation flights may have started as a way to help the business...

Jazzing up a big fundraiser

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Jazz Orchestra’s playing a concert this Saturday as part of a larger ‘Ride4Freedom’ fundraiser to protect Nepalese girls from sex trafficking. Former locals Tania and Joao Petreceli last week set off to bike the length of New...

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...
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