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A Queenstown stationary designer is proving the art of print isn't dead, albeit it's a labour of love. Alyssandra Skerrett, owner of Striking Stationary, won gold for her hand-crafted engagement announcement cards and a 'highly commended' at this month's Pride...
When it comes to a universal flu vaccine and the cure for cancer, few would guess their origins may lay with a Queenstown cow called Topsy. But, remarkably, a cow owned by Queenstown-born Len Malaghan as a boy led to...

Pressure cooker

Immigration changes and staffing pressures may force some Queenstown hospo businesses to shut up shop, a top restaurant boss warns. And visa processing times have almost doubled, prompting local National MP Hamish Walker to call for central government to "urgently"...
Jeremy Black last lived in Queenstown when his dad Chris managed Rydges Lakeland Resort. Now, remarkably, the 34-year-old's back in town running his dad's hotel. Jeremy's taken over Rydges, including the new five-star QT Queenstown, from Vince Santoro. Now a hotel consultant,...

Brand hit by murder

The founder of a worldwide South Indian vegetarian restaurant chain targeting Queenstown is a newly-convicted murderer. Saravanaa Bhavan opened its first New Zealand outlet in Auckland last week, just days after founder P. Rajagopal was jailed for orchestrating the abduction...

Resort builder falls over

A Queenstown building company's gone under owing, allegedly, more than $1.2 million. Fowler Homes Southern Lakes Ltd licensee and sole director John Mansfield put the company into voluntary liquidation last Friday afternoon. That came about 24 hours after Mansfield told the...

Resort chopper firm goes under

Police were called to settle a stoush at a Queenstown helicopter company base yesterday, when allegations were made about the attempted "theft" of two choppers. The incident at Heli Tours Ltd's base, on Sir Henry Wigley Drive, came a day...
Some of Queenstown's busiest streets, and busiest hospitality hot spots, are also the most at risk during an earthquake. The Queenstown Lakes District Council yesterday released a list of buildings found to be possibly earthquake-prone. The list includes several buildings on...

Boxed out

A Queenstown business is being forced to close its doors after 30 years to make way for yet another big-box development. Shotover Garden Centre manager Sam Taylor calls the closure of the centre "pretty sad" – but says the community...

Mobil closure

Its sudden closure's sparked plenty of chatter, but a Queenstown petrol station's not gone for good. Mobil Queenstown in Frankton shut up shop almost overnight last weekend, with the store cleared out and fencing springing up around the site. The franchise...

Hospo’s hell

Queenstown's hospo industry is at "crisis point" due to visa delays, cut-throat competition, and increasing pressure on staff. One long-time bar owner's had to close her business twice in a week to give staff a break, the first time in...

Downtown dilemma

'Do we stay or do we go?' The owners of Raeward Fresh say they're among many central Queenstown retailers who've been weighing up whether to decamp to Frankton's burgeoning shopping centres. Angela and Nathan Imlach, who are putting on a festive...
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