immigration

‘Not for novices’

QUEENSTOWN’S mayor and other prominent locals hope the resort’s next Member of Parliament gets swiftly up to speed with its pressing issues. Mayor Jim Boult says first-term National MP Hamish Walker, who resigned last week after leaking confidential details of Covid-19...

Chamber chief bows out

By Guy Williams There's been no shortage of praise for outgoing Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chief executive Anna Mickell, but the lady herself is keeping mum on her impending departure from the role. Chamber chairman Craig Douglas said in a statement...
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 MATTHEW MCKEW An urgent review of essential skills work visas is needed to protect local Kiwis from job losses, Queenstown's mayor says. Jim Boult's written a letter calling on Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway to relax the visa requirement of 30 hours'...

Driver ‘crisis’

Queenstown's popular $2 bus network's being shackled by a shortage of drivers, amid calls the resort should be declared a "special case" for overseas workers. Otago Regional Council's public transport boss Julian Phillips confirms to Mountain Scene they've signed off...
A popular Queenstowner's boarded a plane without knowing if she'll be allowed to return to her husband, and her home. Breast cancer survivor Juliana Costa is still awaiting a decision from the government as to whether she'll be allowed to...

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"...

Hoping for a miracle

A popular Queenstowner's  hoping for a last minute miracle, as she battles to stay in the country. Brazilian ex-pat Juliana Costa has just finished her last round of chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer, but it's her immigration fight that's...

Costa’s visa fight

A petition calling for a Queenstown cancer sufferer to be allowed to stay in the country has reached a staggering 8000 signatures. Brazilian expat Juliana Costa, 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer just two days before her wedding to Armindo...
A Czech drug-smuggler at the centre of a political storm married in Queenstown two years ago. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway is under fire for cancelling Karel Sroubek's deportation order and reconfirming his New Zealand residency. Months before he was jailed in...
A Sri Lankan couple living in Queenstown who were facing the threat of deportation have been granted residency. Sam Wijerathne and Dinesha Amarasinghe, who have three young sons, had been living in Queenstown for eight years when Dinesha's application for...
QUEENSTOWN'S Chamber of Commerce leader has branded the Government's proposed hike in visa fees as "not helpful'', but does not believe it will curb the area's intake of migrant workers. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced plans for a new visitor...
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