hospitality

DJ’s nightlife reset

By HUGH COLLINS QUEENSTOWN may not be known as a cultural mecca but for one local artist it was the  adventure capital that enabled him to forge a career in music. Stuart Raeburn, better known by some as DJ Stubacca, is...
When we toasted the arrival of 2020, who would have predicted within three months a virus spread to humans, from a bat in a wet-market in provincial China, would bring the world to its knees and wreak havoc on...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With New Zealand's borders likely to remain closed for ages due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a veteran Queenstown hospo operator's in no doubt his sector - currently in lockdown - faces very tough times. "Without the international visitors,...

Pressure cooker

Immigration changes and staffing pressures may force some Queenstown hospo businesses to shut up shop, a top restaurant boss warns. And visa processing times have almost doubled, prompting local National MP Hamish Walker to call for central government to "urgently"...

Hospo’s hell

Queenstown's hospo industry is at "crisis point" due to visa delays, cut-throat competition, and increasing pressure on staff. One long-time bar owner's had to close her business twice in a week to give staff a break, the first time in...
An Asian restaurant in Queenstown's been given the dreaded 'D' grading after an inspection found a raft of issues – including tea towels used to clean both tables and plates. Memories of Hong Kong, located in The Mall, was inspected...

Pouring perfect pints

If you want to know how to pour a good Heineken, ask Queenstown bartender Dianna Pacey. The London's operations manager beat off other Central Otago/Southland bartenders to become one of 16 semi-finalists to compete in the Heineken Star Serve national...
The boss of a couple of Queenstown pubs is hoping people will be feeling a bit glassy – but not in the traditional sense. Both Pub on Wharf and Muskets and Moonshine have been crushing empty glass bottles in a...
Doug Champion served in Queenstown's hospitality industry for more than four decades. Before leaving for Cromwell last week, he shared with Philip Chandler some career highlights and took aim at the direction the town's heading. Forty-five years after arriving, one...
Resort bosses are in a full-blown slugfest for staff as the housing crunch continues to bite. Queenstown Chamber of Commerce's biennial labour and accommodation survey reveals a quarter of businesses expect to pay 50 per cent above the going-rate. And a...
A luxury Queenstown lodge has taken the staff housing crisis under its wing by renting a four-bedroom house. Before coming to town seven months ago, Matakauri Lodge boss Emanuel Grosch says he'd discovered the shortage of affordable, quality staff accommodation...
Queenstown's next vibrant venue will change its focus with the passage of the sun. 'Yonder' is the new cafe, bar and restaurant set to open late next month in the old McNeill's Cottage on Church St. The World Bar collaborators Steve...
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