John Key

Mountain summit

Expect Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to meet Kiwi counterpart Bill English in Queenstown late next week. According to informed sources, the pair's pow-wow will take place next Thursday and Friday, though it'll likely be officially confirmed only days beforehand. Media...
OPINION: Queenstown just lost a friend in high places. John Key, who steps down as Prime Minister next week, has been a great advocate for the resort. He didn't just go into bat for us as PM, but also as the Minister of...
A visitor levy drive will not be derailed by Prime Minister John Key's departure, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult says. Key, who is also Tourism Minister, announced his resignation on Monday, just weeks after his office said a decision on...
The government expects to decide within a year whether Queenstown Lakes and other district councils can charge visitor levies. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister John Key says the government is waiting for a private sector review to be completed. However, it's "likely" to reach...

Boulting out of the blocks

Jim Boult is already talking to central government about a visitor levy for Queenstown. The local mayoral hopeful (right), one of five candidates for the district's top job, is a former boss of Christchurch International Airport who chairs the government's Tourism...
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