global pandemic

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 TRACEY ROXBURGH Otago Regional Council’s asked the government to stump up for Queenstown’s share of its public transport business case. ORC recently endorsed the business case in principle, to guide about $200 million worth of investment decisions — the cost of...

Relieving biz stress

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Canterburgy-based HR consultancy firm’s using its experience post-earthquakes to help Queenstown businesses struggling under the weight of Covid-19-induced pressure. Brannigans opened the doors to its new Queenstown office, at Mountain Club’s Beach Street co-working space, last week,...
By GUY WILLIAMS National elite champion, tick. After dominating the junior ranks for the past two seasons, Queenstown’s downhill mountain bike queen Jess Blewitt took out the elite title at the Mountain Bike National Champs in Christchurch recently. Her victory by almost...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown music promoter says it’s costing him thousands of dollars extra to relocate a big-name DJ. Bryce Wrigley had been due to put on Andy C (pictured) — rated the world’s best drum and bass DJ over...

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...

Hanging on for the bubble

By GUY WILLIAMS The boss of one of Queenstown’s biggest hospo companies is bullish about the resort’s prospects, predicting a trans-Tasman bubble could be only three months away. Good Group chief executive and part-owner Russell Gray says the company, which owns...

Irish sporting spectacle

By PHILIP CHANDLER For fast-paced action, there’s no better place to be this Saturday afternoon than the Queenstown Rec Ground. Queenstown’s ‘Band of Brothers’ tackle Christchurch-based Canterbury GAA in the very Irish sport of hurling, while also fundraising for St John...

It’s closing time

By GUY WILLIAMS Three long-time downtown Queenstown business owners say the next six months will determine the fate of many like them. One’s closing his restaurant for good, another says he’s staring at a ‘‘bloody long autumn’’, while the third predicts...

Bid to close biodiversity loop

By GUY WILLIAMS The Glenorchy Community Association’s hoping to nab $700,000 in Jobs for Nature funding for a project designed to address the township’s wellbeing issues as well as its biodiversity goals. If the application’s successful, the ‘Glenorchy Eastern Biodiversity Corridor’...

Covid reduces quality of life

By KERRIE WATERWORTH Concerns about ‘‘extremely high’’ rent prices, the high cost of heating, access to mental  health services and an over-reliance on tourism are among issues raised in Queenstown’s council’s most recent ‘quality of life’ survey. The third annual survey...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH After Covid decimated its ranks, the Whakatipu women’s rugby team’s looking to make a comeback. Coach Grant Scannell says the ramifications of the global pandemic on the ladies — many of whom were made redundant and forced to...
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