hospitality

By PHILIP CHANDLER Forget Covid — an Arrowtown-based mortgage broker reports Queenstown’s residential real estate market remains ‘‘surprisingly buoyant’’. Roost Mortgage Brokers principal Mark Pullar says first-home buyers and investors, ‘‘energised’’ by both the temporary removal of loan-to-value restrictions and the prospect...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Echoing its famous Chico’s heyday, an upstairs Queenstown Mall space has turned into a sports bar and music venue called Crew Room. Owners Jenny and Terry Goulding originally bought the downstairs Captain’s Restaurant, in the historic Eureka House...

‘Extend wage subsidy’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he’s asking the government to reinstate the wage subsidy for tourism and hospitality ‘‘till we see reasonable levels of business return’’. The wage subsidy, which wound up early this month, played a critical...

Hospo warning

By MATTHEW MCKEW A looming disaster faces Queenstown as working holiday visas expire and the government pushes the remaining foreign workers into the fields, with golden ticket extensions for horticulture. Unemployment may have leapt up in the resort, but bars and restaurant owners...

Debutante’s goal

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown Rovers women’s gaffer says they’re ‘‘in it to win it’’ and wants all three points on Saturday at the Queenstown Events Centre. Mark Ford says it’s been a topsy-turvy football season for the side so far, but...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH If this was any other year, Peta Mathias would be in her home in the south of France, teaching cooking classes and getting ready to go on a week-long culinary tour in the Basque country. Covid’s put paid to that,...
For a guy who was rejected from hospo jobs in Canada because he was told he "wasn't really a people person", Chris Dickson's done alright for himself. He talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about his plans to support Queenstown Chris Dickson knows all too...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Construction of a 61-room five-star Queenstown hotel, on the corner of Man and Brecon Streets, has been deferred due to the Covid-19-induced tourism slowdown. Lead developer, NZX-listed Augusta Capital, announced the deferral in a statement last week. The luxury...

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"...
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