businesses

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown council aspirant Esther Whitehead has had dealings with the organisation through her various community roles, and advised it in a professional capacity. Now she reckons it’s time to work on the inside. Whitehead, 45, has joined former councillor...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Shattered windows, lost stock, closed footpaths and near-constant noise. Two months after the start of Queenstown’s CBD upgrade beginning, the length of Beach Street, some business owners are already tearing their hair out. While all spoken to by Mountain...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A downtown Queenstown hospo operator believes businesses need to work together to survive the downturn. For Perky’s floating bar owner Max Perkins, that means ‘going local’ for his beer and wine. After throwing out a lot of product, 70%...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor will request a meeting with Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi to try to sort out pending labour issues in the resort. While this week’s announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, that an announcement about the trans-Tasman bubble...

Relieving biz stress

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Canterburgy-based HR consultancy firm’s using its experience post-earthquakes to help Queenstown businesses struggling under the weight of Covid-19-induced pressure. Brannigans opened the doors to its new Queenstown office, at Mountain Club’s Beach Street co-working space, last week,...

Sobering survey

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Almost a third of Queenstown CBD businesses don’t expect to survive till winter, a new survey shows. Last month’s Queenstown Chamber of Commerce-led business confidence survey attracted 241 responses from Whakatipu businesses — 187 of those in or...

It’s closing time

By GUY WILLIAMS Three long-time downtown Queenstown business owners say the next six months will determine the fate of many like them. One’s closing his restaurant for good, another says he’s staring at a ‘‘bloody long autumn’’, while the third predicts...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...
WE have a problem. And no, it’s nothing to do with Covid-19, although it does appear that this particular problem has got worse this year. It is the carnage that goes on downtown in both Queenstown and Wanaka, in the wee...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Horror stories are starting to emerge in Queenstown as businesses continue to face staff shortages. While the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) this week added more occupations to its ‘‘under-supply’’ list for the Queenstown Lakes — including jobs...

Getting a fix for nix

By TRACEY ROXBURGH If it’s broke, fix it — or find someone who can. Tomorrow the Repair Revolution’s popping up at the Queenstown Events Centre, aiming to help people get more life out of their belongings and divert good things from...

Giving HR and immigration help

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A long-time Queenstowner’s gone out on her own, hoping to help businesses and migrants facing uncertain futures. Kate Batkin, who’s been in HR more than a decade, the past seven years of which she’s been NZSki’s HR manager,...
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