chief executive

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Chamber of Commerce’s new chair — one of the first ever from the construction sector — promises she’ll keep hammering away on the resort’s labour-shortage issue. Angela Spackman was selected for the role this week after Craig...

Fingers crossed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is rumoured to be making an imminent announcement regarding working holiday and supplementary seasonal employer (SSE) visas. While details are scant, Mountain Scene understands INZ may announce SSE visa holders can move to working holiday visas,...

Cresting a wave

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowner Dave Mitchell (above), 49, rolled back the years to compete strongly at the recent waveski surfing nationals in Gisborne. He finished runner-up to arch-rival Nigel Bryant in the New Zealand Open comp but turned the tables to...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new Queenstown charitable trust with a focus on mental health has received a $40,000 funding boost from Central Lakes Trust. The Southern Wellbeing Trust was co-founded in September by local GP Tim Rigg and health communications specialist...

Bottom-line success

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown entrepreneur’s taking on global brands with a nappy range she claims is better for babies and the environment. Bridget Bodie-Healy’s founder and CEO of the Noopii range which is stocked by New Zealand’s major supermarket chains,...
By GUY WILLIAMS Covid-19 vaccine jabs will start going into arms in Queenstown today. The milestone comes only a few weeks after the 12-month anniversary of a female Danish tourist becoming the resort’s — and the South Island’s — first confirmed...

Keel taking off for AKL

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Airport’s board of directors are on the hunt for a new CEO following Colin Keel’s resignation yesterday. Keel, who started with the airport five years ago, says it’s been a ‘‘privilege’’ to lead the business over ‘‘such...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The boss of New Zealand’s biggest home-building company believes red tape’s one of the main reasons for ever-escalating housing costs. ‘‘I don’t think anybody has all the solutions,’’ G.J.Gardner Homes chief executive/co-owner Grant Porteous says. But he believes the...
One of Queenstown’s biggest corporate hotshots says his biggest annoyance is people assuming he moved here to retire. Roger Sharp talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why he moved to the resort, how Covid-19’s caused him to be very busy...

Bailout lifeline

By MATTHEW MCKEW BELEAGUERED tourism wholesale company Website Travel’s got a new boss and a bailout from the Aussies — but Queensland’s government refuses to say how much. The company disappeared down a black hole at the start of the Covid-19...

Government handout rejected

By MATTHEW MCKEW NZSki's said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to the government after being offered just $500,000 of the $2.7 million it asked for. Chief executive Paul Anderson says the company behind Coronet Peak, The Remarks and Mt Hutt’s ‘‘grateful’’ but ‘‘respectfully declined’’...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's delivered another warning about mental health issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. Speaking at a function last Friday, marking the start of construction of Queenstown's first surgical hospital, he specifically addressed his remarks to Southern...
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