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US foundation’s funding

By TRACEY ROXBURGH An off-road cycle trail connecting Tucker Beach to Arthurs Point and Arrowtown’s one step closer thanks to a whopping donation by a United States-based foundation. The Morgridge Family Foundation’s given $36,000 to the Queenstown Trails Trust, through the Wakatipu...

Agency’s generation game

By PHILIP CHANDLER Fifteen years after selling her Queenstown real estate business, prominent realtor Mae Young’s back on the scene. Last week she joined Ray White’s local office as a licensee salesperson, at the same time as her 23-year-old son, newly-qualified salesman, James...

‘Beating heart’ underway

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a major milestone for Queenstown’s first retirement village, mayoress Karen Boult this week turned the first sod on a grand $12 million clubhouse. Queenstown Country Club (QCC) owner Arvida — which bought the Ladies Mile ‘community’, as...
By GUY WILLIAMS A controversial $100 million hotel proposed for Fernhill has got the thumbs down at City Hall. Coherent Hotel Ltd applied in December for an eight-storey, 89-room hotel in Queenstown's Aspen Grove, below the Kamana Lakehouse hotel, which it also...
For a guy who was rejected from hospo jobs in Canada because he was told he "wasn't really a people person", Chris Dickson's done alright for himself. He talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about his plans to support Queenstown Chris Dickson knows all too...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Construction of a 61-room five-star Queenstown hotel, on the corner of Man and Brecon Streets, has been deferred due to the Covid-19-induced tourism slowdown. Lead developer, NZX-listed Augusta Capital, announced the deferral in a statement last week. The luxury...

Fine for Kmart cock-up

By GUY WILLIAMS A former Dominion Constructors employee is facing a $38,000 fine after "taking the rap" for the cutting of steel reinforcing bars during the construction of Queenstown's Kmart building. Jason Buehler, who's now living in Canada, was to have been...

$250m village plan

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown developer has brought forward his plans for a third Wakatipu retirement village to counter thousands of Covid-19 pandemic-related tourism job losses. Chris Meehan is proposing his $250 million, 162-residential-unit complex, dubbed Northbrook Retirement Village, including a private...

Closing the loop

By GUY WILLIAMS Work on major extensions to the Queenstown Trail connecting Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown could begin this summer. After two years of work talking to landowners and lining up funding, the Queenstown Trails Trust has applied for...
Imagine a tourist town with no tourists. Scary as it sounds, Queenstown's effectively facing that scenario right now - at least for the 70 per cent of our visitors who come from overseas - thanks to tough new control measures...

Fuming over franchise system

A Queenstown couple who claim they've been left high and dry by Fowler Homes plan to lobby for a law change around franchisee regulations in New Zealand. Tony and Rachel Windner have also complained to the Commerce Commission. They believe the...
An apartment block which aims to ease Queenstown's housing crisis is causing a crisis for nearby householders. Frankton residents have described the headache of living with constant noise and vibrations due to construction of the new Toru Apartments, with some...
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