business

By PHILIP CHANDLER While so many Queenstown businesses are retrenching, at least one’s doing the opposite and finding a new niche for its offering. Co-working space company Mountain Club, which set up at Five Mile just over a year ago, lost half its...

‘Extend wage subsidy’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he’s asking the government to reinstate the wage subsidy for tourism and hospitality ‘‘till we see reasonable levels of business return’’. The wage subsidy, which wound up early this month, played a critical...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Seems if you want your home or business premises to win an award, call an Arrowtown female architect. The only architectural practices to win more than one award for new projects at this year’s New Zealand Institute of...

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...

Give us strength

By TRACEY ROXBURGH & MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's bracing for a second wave of Covid-19 restrictions, with genuine fears about how some businesses will cope, should the worst case eventuate. The resort, and the majority of New Zealand, moved back to Alert Level...

Businesses defy downturn

By PHILIP CHANDLER WHAT downturn? Despite Covid-19 border closures causing business carnage, five operators - an art gallery, a car dealership and three hospo companies managed to open new outlets between last Friday and Monday. After fashion store World closed in Church...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The global one per cent is eyeing up Queenstown, looking to invest up to $10 million to secure New Zealand residency and help strengthen the Wakatipu's economy. AWS Legal senior associate Scott Donaldson and solicitor Chantal Ryan say post-Covid-19...
At 13 years old, I watched with excitement as the AJ Hackett crew tested their bungees outside our house on Thompson Street. They tied cables to a power pole and a ute, and accelerated. I remember getting weighed in a creaky...
Fasten your seatbelts, Queenstown. We're in for a bumpy ride. It's now impossible to have a conversation with anyone that doesn't include 'coronavirus' ... a word I hadn't even heard of until about three months ago. This week the proverbial hit the...

Parking fury

Business owners are up in arms over a parking clampdown in the CBD, calling it a "blatant cash grab" with one owner booked nine times in two weeks. For years, shop owners at the western end of Shotover Street have...

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...
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement