business

New owners take on VKnow

There's been a change of guard at Queenstown's best-known neighbourhood restaurant. After almost 16 years running Fernhill's VKnow Restaurant & Wine Bar, Lizzie and Danny Carson have sold to another 'L and D' couple, Lenka and Dave Sommer, who've been...

Boardwalk empire

A Queenstown hospo operator is reviving the name of an iconic former restaurant for his next venture. Seafood restaurant Boardwalk ran for 16 years till its lease was taken over by its neighbour, Wharf Casino, nine years ago. Boardwalk famously...

Jo builds a new career

Starting over in a new career can be daunting. Doing so with two young kids, and entering a male-dominated industry, isn't for the faint-hearted. But that's exactly what Queenstown tradie Jo Sterling did. Now nearly three years into her building apprenticeship, Sterling,...
Queenstown's long-time Canyon Swing general manager last week leapt into a new role at AJ Hackett Bungy NZ. Matt Hollyer, who also steps down next month as chairman of Destination Queenstown, says it's been "a pretty amazing experience" running Canyon...
Queenstown's only mother-son business partnership has broken up. Pink-haired Mary Keith and her son Bob yesterday shut Bobs Weigh cafe to make way for New York-style pizza chain, Sal's. Bob Keith says he's done his dash after working in the kitchen...
Former riversurfing guide Judi Sneddon, who's celebrating her award-winning day spa's 20th birthday this month, tells Philip Chandler why it's become successful and why she's made some major changes. Spas proliferate around Queenstown these days, but the first got going...
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...
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