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Language school’s lifeline

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown language school’s emerging from hibernation to provide free English classes after securing a government funding lifeline. Language Schools New Zealand reopened for 15 hours a week from this past Monday, operating weekdays from 9am till noon...

Amping for The Remarks

By GUY WILLIAMS The only Queenstown rider in the Tour of Southland can’t wait for its most gut-busting climb. Newly-minted pro rider Reuben Thompson, flew into the resort on Saturday after quarantining in an Auckland hotel following his flight home from...

UK care packages for Teddy

By GUY WILLIAMS In the time of Covid and closed borders, some people are getting their travel kicks vicariously. Such is the case at the Queenstown Holiday Park & Motels Creeksyde, in Robins Road, where a former guest was so taken...

Covid-19 forces DQ cuts

TWO more Destination Queenstown staff have been made redundant. In a statement, DQ interim boss Ann Lockhart says it’s ‘‘with much regret’’ the board’s disestablished the international markets manager roles for both Asia and Western, held, respectively, by Ella Zhang...
By GUY WILLIAMS A Shotover Street businessman’s accusing Queenstown’s council of using a CCTV-monitored taxi stand outside his store as a parking trap. Asian Mart owner Tau Su says his customers are getting pinged for parking outside the store after 6pm, when...

Pop-up to replace Fishbone

By TRACEY ROXBURGH As a Queenstown eatery prepares to go up against 11 others, New Zealand-wide, in the 2020 Great NZ Toastie Takeover, it’s also preparing to pop up in the CBD. Love Chicken, which serves free-range, organic Bostock’s chicken, opened...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...
By GUY WILLIAMS Opening a new hotel in post-Covid Queenstown sounds like a challenge, but the owners of the Holiday Inn Express are confident about the future. The 227-room Holiday Inn Express, in Stanley Street, opens its doors next Friday at a...

Out of pocket

By MATTHEW MCKEW Activity operators face a double body blow as booking agents postpone or default on debts running into the millions. Tourism in Queenstown is already under pressure from closed borders, but debts are outstanding from activities run before the...
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