construction

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...
By MARK PRICE A ‘‘huge roadblock’’ is holding up a start on the next leg of the $26.3 million Central Otago cycle trail network that would link Queenstown with Cromwell. The Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust will officially open the...
THERE are many wonderful things being built in Queenstown at the moment. Many houses, of course, but also commercial spaces, hotels, tourism facilities and more. All of it will be here to enjoy for years to come and should be celebrated...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Shattered windows, lost stock, closed footpaths and near-constant noise. Two months after the start of Queenstown’s CBD upgrade beginning, the length of Beach Street, some business owners are already tearing their hair out. While all spoken to by Mountain...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Developers of the Toru apartment complex at Frankton’s Remarkables Park say they’re ready to start on the second of three buildings, but are struggling to attract financing. This month the first building, comprising 78 one- and two-bedroom units,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH and PHILIP CHANDLER Could a conference centre finally be on the way for Queenstown? Mountain Scene understands the government is at least considering investing in Remarkables Park Ltd’s long-mooted multi-million dollar conference centre at Frankton. RPL director Alastair Porter...

Lack-of-parking peril

By PHILIP CHANDLER A major Queenstown landlord claims the council’s threatening the CBD’s viability by not replacing carparking lost in pending major roading projects. Westwood Group Holdings’ Tony Butson says about 364 parks in the greater downtown area — or about...

What is the plan?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown accountant and business adviser compares the lack of government direction on any plan to open a border with Australia as ‘‘like being a farmer in a never-ending drought’’. Findex’s Duncan Fea, who’s advising businesses through the toughest economic...
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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Coming on top of Covid border closures, some retailers fear an impending dig-up of Queenstown’s town centre could put them under. Council’s about to start a $60 million CBD street upgrade — a ‘shovel-ready’ project it’s co-funding with...

Expansion plans for Five Mile

By GUY WILLIAMS Five Mile’s developer has unveiled plans for a major expansion of the Frankton retail and commercial hub. Queenstown Gateway (5M) Ltd (QGL) has applied for resource consent for five new buildings: three of them, built over the existing...

Work visa plea

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While calls are being made for Immigration New Zealand to free up the migrant workforce, and establish region-specific visa extensions, that’s not on the new government’s agenda. Remarkable Labour directors Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott say there are dire times ahead...
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