Hamish Walker

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown should take advantage of being home to ‘‘some of the most interesting and dynamic people in the world’’ to diversify its tourism-dependent economy. So says new National Party leader Judith Collins, interviewed in the resort last Saturday just seven...

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...
By GUY WILLIAMS Jon Mitchell is that rare thing in Queenstown these days — a bona fide local. The Labour Party candidate for Southland was born in the former maternity hospital in Sydney Street, and spent his early childhood in an...

The case for Joseph Mooney

By GUY WILLIAMS Joseph Mooney usually addresses juries for a living, but the National Party candidate for Southland will be addressing much bigger audiences over the next six weeks. He’ll be speaking at a series of meet-the-candidates meetings across the vast...

No return for migrants

By PHILIP CHANDLER IMMIGRATION New Zealand doesn't believe a desperate Queenstown migrant couple, stuck in Bali since March because of Covid-19 border restrictions, meet its humanitarian criteria to let them return. Mountain Scene last week reported Brits Charlie Grant and Zara...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH HE was gone by lunchtime. Hamish Walker becomes the second Clutha-Southland MP to resign before the next election from what is, arguably, one of the safest blue seats in the country. His predecessor Todd Barclay was rolled in 2017...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite spiralling numbers of unemployed Kiwis, Queenstown's MP believes the resort still needs to keep hold of its skilled migrants. "The current government think there will be more than enough jobs just for Kiwis," Hamish Walker says, "but we...
By Hugh Collins NZSki's hopes of opening a new chairlift in time for the 2020 Queenstown ski season are looking more positive than ever. The company's worked with Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker on a government exemption to allow a specialist rope splicer...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown hotel has stayed open throughout the Covid-19 lockdown just to look after - for free - a treasured Belgian guest. Luce Wilsens, 89, has been staying at Kamana Lakehouse - formerly Aspen Hotel - for all...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With an estimated 4500 Queenstown-Lakes workers losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 crisis, the local Opposition MP’s urging the government meet with the local community, and particularly the decimated tourism sector. ‘‘This is an absolute bloodbath’’, Queenstown-based MP...

‘We will beat this’

We live in a truly amazing community. Covid-19 has brought with it a lockdown of our community and our country, but we will fight to get through this together. Like you, I am in lockdown at my house in Queenstown. Many of...

We’re still waiting

Four hundred and forty-two. That's how many days it's been since the Southern District Health Board announced it was boosting Queenstown's mental health provision with an after-hours service. Yet that service is yet to get off the ground. The delay has sparked...
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