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‘I’ve lost everything’

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A long, deep scar runs along the right side of Sapumal Wijenayake’s skull. Beneath it, four titanium plates have been screwed in. A less obvious scar, concealed by his hair, runs along the left side of his head. They serve...

Choppy: Woman of heart

Writer/business coach Jacqui Thomas first came to Queenstown to work in 1994 and last left here in 2016. In her new book on female business founders ‘doing business with heart’, she features a pioneering heli-tourism operator she met when living...
THERE’S a bloody big elephant stampeding through the streets of Queenstown and no one, it seems, can see it. And if someone doesn’t do something soon, that bloody big elephant is going to smash our streets to smithereens. Our elephant, the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's been a three-year ‘‘labour of love’’ but the doors to a new addition in an historic part of Arrowtown finally opened last week. Developers Scott Stevens and John Guthrie started physical work on a new development behind...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH If this was any other year, Peta Mathias would be in her home in the south of France, teaching cooking classes and getting ready to go on a week-long culinary tour in the Basque country. Covid’s put paid to that,...
It's never been harder to be a migrant in Queenstown, with their numbers disproportionately represented in the ranks of those currently losing their jobs. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to two members from the largest migrant group, Brazilians, who've been working hard to support their...
By MATTHEW MCKEW An urgent review of essential skills work visas is needed to protect local Kiwis from job losses, Queenstown's mayor says. Jim Boult's written a letter calling on Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway to relax the visa requirement of 30 hours'...

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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