Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker

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...
A hard-working Queenstown-based Turkish cook may be forced to leave New Zealand, through no fault of his own. Ramazan Atagan, 35, who's worked for Turkish Kebabs for five years, was refused an essential skills work visa by Immigration NZ because...

Buzzing around the Beehive

For those who choose to go into politics, saying life is busy would be a massive understatement. Daisy Hudson caught up with MP Hamish Walker at the Beehive to learn more about the job When you hear the word 'recess',...
Happy New Year! Christmas has been and gone and I'd like to wish you all happy holidays. For those in the Queenstown area for the holidays, welcome, we hope you enjoy our piece of paradise as much as we do. For those...
A Sri Lankan couple living in Queenstown who were facing the threat of deportation have been granted residency. Sam Wijerathne and Dinesha Amarasinghe, who have three young sons, had been living in Queenstown for eight years when Dinesha's application for...

School stoush

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has fired back at Queenstown's MP, after he implied Wakatipu High School's planned expansion may not go ahead. Clutha-Southland National MP Hamish Walker has challenged Labour's Hipkins to explain why there was no money in this...

Walk in the park for new MP

Queenstown's newly-elected MP has described his entry to parliament like his first day at school – but on "steroids". Hamish Walker topped the poll last Saturday with 19,524 votes, comfortably ahead of Labour candidate Cherie Chapman on 6519. He flew to...
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