Hamish Walker

Politicians will put their bodies on the line in Queenstown today for a special rugby match. The Parliamentary Rugby Team, at the initiative of local MP Hamish Walker, will play the Blair Vining Invitational Side, kicking off 2.30pm at the...
OPINION: We've reached desperation point, Queenstown, and don't we know it. The strain on infrastructure is becoming more and more evident and we need intervention – and we needed it yesterday. That's why I've been lobbying different ministers, including the Minister...

Walker the walker

Local MP Hamish Walker is running to prepare for a walk. The Clutha-Southland MP has signed up for the first 24-hour Relay for Life Cancer Society fundraiser in Queenstown. Walker will walk the entire 24 hours solo, on a lap around...
Happy New Year! Christmas has been and gone and I'd like to wish you all happy holidays. For those in the Queenstown area for the holidays, welcome, we hope you enjoy our piece of paradise as much as we do. For those...

Resort teen Beehive-bound

A Queenstown teen is ready to swap school for the Beehive after being named Youth MP for Clutha-Southland. Tristan Taquet, 16, is excited about tackling the role, which'll see him attend select committees and debate issues at Parliament. He reckons it'll...
A thrilling new multi-million dollar adventure tourism attraction that catapults punters across a ravine at 100km in just 1.5 seconds has launched near Queenstown. AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand co-founder Henry van Asch today revealed a new "world-first adventure tourism...
Every week I hear concerns from members of our community related to Immigration New Zealand (INZ). Prominent concerns include lengthy timeframes for processing applications and major inconsistencies in advice received from INZ. I have experienced instances of two people with almost...

Relief for Sri Lankan family

Finding work is the next hurdle for a Sri Lankan family temporarily saved from deportation through the help of the Queenstown community. Sam Wijerathne, his wife Dinesha Amarasinghe and their three sons were given a reprieve last week allowing them...
The official opening of Parliament last month signalled the start of a busy time leading up to Christmas. After being officially sworn in as an MP and all of the formalities that followed, I've delivered my maiden speech, been appointed...

Chamber ready for fight

Queenstown's chamber of commerce president says the resort would be "crippled" without foreign workers. Richard Thomas is hopeful the new government will take a regional approach to immigration, despite promising to slash net migration. "They can't take an Auckland-like approach to...

Walker tops the poll

Clutha-Southland's newly elected MP Hamish Walker says he is "humbled" by tonight's victory. With 100% of the vote counted, he topped the poll with 19,524 votes, comfortably ahead of Labour candidate Cherie Chapman on 6519. Wakatipu National Party Chairman Mark Wilson...
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