businesses

Resort’s generosity

By PHILIP CHANDLER Who said Queenstown doesn’t have a heart? Local woman Stacey McDonald’s blown away at the response when she asked Queenstown businesses to help an Aucklander with stage 4 skin cancer enjoy a trip of a lifetime. She’d put her...

A helping hand

Out-of-town businesses running conferences and events in Queenstown now have a way to meaningfully contribute to the local community. Destination Queenstown, along with its convention bureau, have launched a corporate social responsibility programme called ‘Community Connection’. It introduces 16 established not-for-profits and trusts...
In light of recent criticism of the government’s support for the tourism industry, and Queenstown businesses in particular, and the frustration of alert level restrictions, I have given more thought to what we should expect from our government leaders. I’ve...

Cox money trickling back

By MATTHEW MCKEW Unexpected repayments have been gratefully received by Wakatipu businesses caught out by struggling tourism wholesaler Website Travel. But others remain unpaid and it means a burning hole in their pocket with the government wage subsidy expiring from this...

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...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's finally time to get your party pants on, Queenstown! This week New Zealand returned to (almost) normal, when we entered Level 1, and now a 12-hour live music festival's been announced for Arrowtown to celebrate. Arrow Sounds, being...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Homes and businesses will light up across the Wakatipu this weekend for Lumify, with organisers hoping to cut through the Covid-19 darkness. The home-made Queen's Birthday weekend event replaces the annual Luma, a festival of lights that normally...
By PHILIP CHANLDER To help Queenstown's economic recovery, the resort's being touted as a New Zealand, Australasian and even global capital for same-sex weddings and civil unions. Behind the initiative are Winter Pride festival co-organiser Martin King, who started the Pride...
You know what's bloody amazing? Us. I had a chat with one of our new staffers the other day. He was surprised at the vitriol coming from other parts of New Zealand about the situation Queenstown finds itself in. That others have taken...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown realtor believes the local property market will ride out the Covid-19 pandemic relatively unscathed. Harcourts Queenstown principal Kelvin Collins says his confidence is based on the fundamentals of the market being sounder than during earlier...
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