Jim Boult

Bed tax bedlam

A Queenstown accommodation operator is mobilising opposition to mayor Jim Boult's campaign for a bed tax. Villa del Lago owner Nik Kiddle fears the mayor's idea of taxing visitors $10 per bed per night to fund infrastructure will drive visitors...
Queenstown publicans are barring up over Easter drinking restrictions they claim are outdated and visitor-unfriendly. Under New Zealand law, due to Easter's religious significance, you can't drink in pubs on Good Friday and Easter Sunday unless you're there to dine,...
Queenstown's rich list is stumping up cash to fund a cultural masterplan for the resort. Philanthropists, including long-term media-shy local Carroll Joynes, are financing a City Hall-commissioned study to the tune of $100,000. Mayor Jim Boult describes it as a turning point. "I...
Glass from Queenstown homes will continue going to landfill for the next 16 months at least. Mountain Scene reported in May 2016 that resort glass – even glass diligently placed in blue recycling bins – was being dumped at Victoria...
Queenstown could be used as a guinea pig for a national tourist tax, the mayor says. Jim Boult and City Hall boss Mike Theelen are meeting government ministers next week to talk shop about the resort's infrastructure woes. A visitor levy...

Bunfight over Long Lunch

Queenstown's mayor and council boss say a local event manager's unfairly maligned their staff. Malcolm Blakey last week said he's pulling his Arrowtown Long Lunch, last held two weeks ago, due to council restrictions and resistance. Council boss Mike Theelen says...
Queenstown's mayor hopes he'll know how the new Labour-led government's policies will affect the resort as soon as possible. Jim Boult says he understands new ministers need to get their feet under the Cabinet table, but he's already asked Tourism...
Doubling government grants to first-home buyers has drawn a tepid response from Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult, who believes his council needs to step in to help solve the resort’s housing crisis. Yesterday, the National Party announced its HomeStart grants would...

Jim Boult: Buses a first step

OPINION: The saying goes that "all good things come to those who wait", and I am pleased to share with you that we have a commitment from the Otago Regional Council (ORC) to start the new $2 bus service...
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...
OPINION: I don't know about you but I'm delighted! The reason that I'm delighted is that I had the great pleasure to fly back into Queenstown after a trip north recently, arriving here at peak rush hour, facing the prospect...

Frankton drive times cut

Road upgrades have cut the driving time between the BP roundabout on State Highway 6 and Queenstown Airport by up to 17 minutes. Last month, the first stage of the Hawthorne Dr extension - linking Remarkables Park to Glenda Dr...
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