business

France comes to Frankton

Finding the recipe for a successful business has been a long journey for one couple. French couple David and Marion Lamercerie hope to open bakery Ma Boulangerie at Queenstown's Remarkables Park before Christmas. They wanted to set up a traditional patisserie in...

Beer lovers, rejoice

Two Queenstown businessmen are reviving a beer festival in the resort, more than three years since the last one. Smith's Craft Beer House boss Chris Dickson and QT Event Management boss Malcolm Blakey are putting the finishing touches on the inaugural Queenstown Summer...

New front opens in veggie war

Waitaki veggies will soon be wending their way to the Wakatipu. Takeaway store owner James Porteous is bringing organic or "naked" Waitaki district produce to Queenstown. Porteous, who lives in Cromwell, has done up part of his Thai 2 Go store...

Village gives hope for oldies

Approval's been given for a $130 million retirement complex beside The Hills golf course. Developers of the Arrowtown Lifestyle Retirement Village, who received resource consent this week, hope to finish the first stage late next year. It'll be the Wakatipu's first large-scale,...

Centre gets go ahead

Queenstown's first convention centre has the green light. The local council's issued a non-notified consent for Frankton developer Remarkables Park to build and operate a strikingly-designed centre which can easily handle 700 delegates. Remarkables Park boss Alastair Porter hopes it will open...
A Queenstown tourism giant's plans for a $100 million redevelopment will go directly to the Environment Court – sent by bureaucrats. Skyline Enterprises Ltd requested the resort's council take the matter out of local planning hands. It argued any decision on its...

Skyline dominates awards

Skyline Queenstown and the Thomas family have dominated the Westpac Queenstown Business Excellence Awards. Not only did the gondola operator win the supreme award at Saturday night's event — held on home turf on Bob’s Peak — but former long-time...
It's a kind of magic – a souvenir-photo firm founded in New Zealand's tourism capital has just become the largest of its kind in the world. Already a global business, Magic Memories last month took a quantum leap by swallowing...
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Filmo’s top take

A Queenstowner won two gongs at the inaugural New Zealand Cinematographers Society awards last weekend. Filmo Ben Ruffell, who specialises in directing car TV commercials, won gold (Flying South) and bronze (Mad Mike Conquers Highlands) at the awards, held in Auckland. Veteran Queenstown...

Ngai Tahu’s new ride

Ngai Tahu Tourism is on a spending spree. Yesterday it announced it has added Glenorchy horse-trekking business Dart Stables to its portfolio, in a deal which will take effect on December 1. That comes after recently acquiring Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters in Queenstown and...

Boaties sign up for marina

A new Frankton marina is already signing up keen boaties – before it's even got a lake-bed lease. Lakes Marina Projects (LMP) has launched a new website for its $15 million offshore floating marina planned for Lake Wakatipu's Frankton Arm. There's been...

Staff squeeze starts to bite

Queenstown businesses are buckling under the pressure of staff shortages. A whopping 86 per cent of business owners and managers responding to a survey say they don't have enough workers. One anonymous shop owner says it's driven her out of business. For the...
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