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Dinner-time ‘raids’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown food operator’s outraged 12 ‘‘heavyhanded’’ Immigration New Zealand officials simultaneously raided four of his outlets this week, only to find his foreign staff all had valid visas. Organic Thai takeaway owner James Porteous says the agents,...
What started as a ‘‘comedy of errors’’ before Christmas ended in a conviction for a Frankton labourer last week. Christopher Edwards, 30, will spend the next six months serving a home detention sentence in Invercargill after admitting assaulting Kasiano Pasitale,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER February 19 was a red-letter day in the lead-up to Queenstown’s, and New Zealand’s, first six-star hotel opening for business. The first of six roofs went on the central Queenstown boutique hotel that’s been renamed The Carlin, after...

Q’town chef goes on a roadie

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown chef who’s worked in top kitchens here and overseas for more than 20 years now has his own — in a food truck. Brad McWhirter and his partner Vanessa Hartnell launched The Lab Kitchen NZ at the...
When a company boss thought a teenager had skived off with his wife’s purse on a night out in Queenstown last year, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Encountering the alleged thief on the dark streets of...

‘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'...
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