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Alice after Austrian encore

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown skiing star Alice Robinson starts her World Cup campaign this Saturday night at the scene of her greatest triumph. She’s at Solden, Austria, where a year ago, at just 17, she shocked the skiing world by claiming...

Couple’s venture sure to rise

By MATTHEW MCKEW Covid's left a sour taste in the mouths of many, but for the European Bakery, lockdown whetted the appetite for expansion. Loved by many for their range of sourdoughs, the husband-and-wife-owned bakery opened their first shop in Frankton...

‘Bespoke’ base

By MATTHEW MCKEW West Indies cricketing legend Chris Gayle could be among international sporting superstars based in Queenstown if there’s progress on talks to make the resort a ‘‘bespoke’’ isolation base. City Hall, the government, Southern District Health Board, NZ Cricket...

Portrait artist turning heads

One of Australasia’s leading portrait artists, Jane Pestell-Litten, resides in Queenstown. In a sitting with PHILIP CHANDLER, she gives the good oil on what got her into art about 12 years ago, and on her embarrassment at leaving a nude...

Game on?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's in the running to host three southern hemisphere powerhouse rugby teams for about two months. And Queenstown’s mayor Jim Boult’s also pushing for a 2020 Rugby Championship game to be played at the Queenstown Events Centre —...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...
With Queenstown's accommodation industry being hugely hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and border closure, the Airbnb sector which so many locals have got in to, to earn some spare coin virtually disappeared overnight. Many have speculated this sector won't come back, but two Airbnb...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hotels in Queenstown may be needed for makeshift hospital wards should an outbreak of Covid-19 become widespread, a doctor's warning. Dr Sam Hazledine, of locally-based recruitment agency MedWorld, is working with the Ministry of Health to pull retired...
SkyCity's made a $16 million Queenstown property play in a bid to house high-rollers. The giant casino/hotel company has received Overseas Investment Office approval to buy the resort's largest undeveloped lakefront block. It plans building a five-star hotel at 633 Frankton...
Jeremy Black last lived in Queenstown when his dad Chris managed Rydges Lakeland Resort. Now, remarkably, the 34-year-old's back in town running his dad's hotel. Jeremy's taken over Rydges, including the new five-star QT Queenstown, from Vince Santoro. Now a hotel consultant,...
A new Queenstown hotel's setting a benchmark for pay rates in the industry. Mi-pad is paying all 16 of its staff at least the 'living wage', which is $20.55 an hour. That contrasts with the new minimum wage of $17.70 an...
Real estate researchers claim Queenstown's hotel developers are struggling to make their plans a reality after a surge in the number on the cards for the area. A report published last month by real estate sector giant CBRE shows occupancy...
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