economic downturn

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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A downtown Queenstown hospo operator believes businesses need to work together to survive the downturn. For Perky’s floating bar owner Max Perkins, that means ‘going local’ for his beer and wine. After throwing out a lot of product, 70%...
Three hearty cheers for councillor Val Miller, supported by councillor Penny Clark, in their call for a relaxation of the council/NZ Transport Agency anti-car policy in the Queenstown commercial area. It is a breath of fresh air, particularly after five...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A councillor's wanting to trial free parking in Queenstown’s CBD to help the struggling hospo sector. Councillor Val Miller’s suggesting temporarily waiving parking charges from 4.30pm every day — currently, metered parking runs till 9pm. ‘‘We want to encourage...

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...

Go big or go home

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Three days, 17 venues, 32 bands — all but one free. Arrow Sounds is back with a vengeance next month after an almost-too-successful debut last June. It’s the brainchild of The Fork and Tap owner Jeannie Crawford and Arrowtown muso...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Eat your heart out, Queenstown. To feed business into the resort’s beleaguered CBD, aninaugural ‘Queenstown Long Lunch’ is being held in The Mall on March 19. Up to 300 diners will be seated down the length of The Mall,...

Huge shot in arm

By PHILIP CHANDLER As Queenstown’s tourism economy implodes, the resort’s about to hugely benefit from two TV shoots. Underway this week is New Zealand romantic comedy Under The Vines, while the second series of crime thriller One Lane Bridge starts next week. The...

Muskets holding its fire

By PHILIP CHANDLER The owner of Queenstown’s Muskets and Moonshine restaurant/bar is hibernating his business to stop losing money. Chris Buckley, who also owns the resort’s still-thriving Pub on Wharf, says ‘‘we don’t want to put ourselves in a position, while...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown hotelier fears the resort’s ‘‘facing a catastrophe’’ if the Aussie border remains closed. The Rees’ Mark Rose says: ‘‘Our business fell off a cliff on Sunday, and apart from a couple of reasonably good days...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Covid's forced organisers of one of Queenstown’s most popular events to charge an entry fee this year. Thousands of people have historically flocked to the Queenstown Gardens for Luma, held at Queen’s Birthday weekend, which has always been...

Rank pulled on cab permits

By PHILIP CHANDLER Financially-struggling cabbies are up in arms over Queenstown’s council renewing $500-a-cab permits they believe are worthless. Council last year introduced the 12-month permits to try to clean up the industry after concerns over the antics of many independent cabbies. Local...
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