Government

Pollie plans tax payback

A political party is touting a novel way to fund Queenstown's under-pressure infrastructure in the run-up to September's election. ACT proposes returning half the GST from the value of building consents to local councils to fund vital infrastructure projects. "It would...

Resort pair in Nats bid

Former Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden wants to take disgraced local MP Todd Barclay's job. She and ex-Queenstown councillor Craig Allan are believed to be among nine would-be National Party candidates for Clutha-Southland in the upcoming election. Despite National MP Barclay's...
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has signalled central government will pour millions into special Queenstown projects if they stack up. Bennett, who's also tourism minister, was in the resort yesterday to hear again about the challenges of growth. While she categorically...

Spies jet in for meeting

Top US spies flew into Queenstown yesterday for what might be history's most unsecret ''top secret'' meeting. The Otago Daily Times snapped FBI director James Comey emerging from a Gulfstream G550 jet - which had flown directly to Queenstown from...
The government expects to decide within a year whether Queenstown Lakes and other district councils can charge visitor levies. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister John Key says the government is waiting for a private sector review to be completed. However, it's "likely" to reach...
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