Housing handout boost

National's making a late bid for votes from Queenstown's desperate first-home buyers. Building and Construction spokesman Nick Smith says he's asked officials to look at hiking Queenstown's upper limits for the government's HomeStart grants. "The most likely outcome is that it will...

Pollie plans tax payback

A political party is touting a novel way to fund Queenstown's under-pressure infrastructure in the run-up to September's election. ACT proposes returning half the GST from the value of building consents to local councils to fund vital infrastructure projects. "It would...