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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...
A lot can change in 12 months, but one thing remains the same; we seem to have been left to fend for ourselves. It’s hard not to feel forgotten as many parts of New Zealand carry on almost oblivious to Covid-19’s...
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 TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...

Silicon resort

By MATTHEW MCKEW International tech firms could soon have offices at a new Queenstown innovation campus, providing a piece of land can be found. Former developer Ross Allan, who brought Dell to New Zealand in the late ‘90s, says he’s lined up...
By PHILIP CHANDLER When Queenstown's tourism economy stopped overnight in March, so did income for thousands of those renting out homes or rooms on Airbnb-type platforms. Anecdotally, many of these landlords, especially those dependent on that income, switched their homes/rooms into...
By GUY WILLIAMS Former TV cameraman and convicted fraudster Damon Forde has been ordered to pay $4500 in legal costs to a part-time Queenstown resident after a failed complaint to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA). Forde, 47, claimed he was unjustifiably...

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...
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