Mayor Jim Boult

By GUY WILLIAMS The first candidate to put up their hand for Queenstown council’s vacant seat’s been there before. Recently-retired lawyer and long-time resort resident Phil Wilson, who served a term from 1992 to 1995, tells Mountain Scene he’d already been...
Former Queenstown tourism leader John MacDonald’s been a prominent councillor for the past four-and-a-half years, and a staunch advocate for better local health services. After announcing his resignation so he can cope better with his Parkinson’s condition, he talks...
There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...

Huge shot in arm

By PHILIP CHANDLER As Queenstown’s tourism economy implodes, the resort’s about to hugely benefit from two TV shoots. Underway this week is New Zealand romantic comedy Under The Vines, while the second series of crime thriller One Lane Bridge starts next week. The...
By GUY WILLIAMS A masterplanned 12-section residential subdivision proposed for a Ladies Mile site has received a unanimous thumbs-down from affected parties. The unnamed proposal was lodged by Queenstown Commercial Ltd in October for the roughly one-hectare site, which backs on...

Funding keeps college alive

By GUY WILLIAMS The last English language school operating in Queenstown is delivering a free, full-time course to 70 former migrant workers after securing government funding. Southern Lakes English College in Shotover St successfully applied for a ‘‘very small’’ slice of...

‘One Lane Bridge’ 2.0

By PHILIP CHANDLER If you’re still reeling at last week’s news that Queenstown’s missing out on hosting visiting Rugby Championship sides, there’s some ‘reely’ good news this week. A second series of Queenstown-based TV crime thriller One Lane Bridge has been...

‘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...

Businesses defy downturn

By PHILIP CHANDLER WHAT downturn? Despite Covid-19 border closures causing business carnage, five operators - an art gallery, a car dealership and three hospo companies managed to open new outlets between last Friday and Monday. After fashion store World closed in Church...

Sued over Stonewood

Queenstown's mayor will remain in the top job as he faces legal action over the collapse of Stonewood Homes. Mayor Jim Boult and Stonewood founder Brent Mettrick are embroiled in a legal battle following the filing of a statement of...
Queenstown's mayor is facing legal action over the collapse of building company Stonewood Homes. A statement of claim has been lodged at the High Court in Christchurch against Queenstown Lakes District mayor Jim Boult and Stonewood founder Brent Mettrick. The plaintiffs...

Boult’s open council move

Queenstown's new mayor has named his deputy and re-introduced standing committees - removing a level of secrecy. Mayor Jim Boult was sworn in this afternoon and made Cr Calum MacLeod his deputy. Boult also reinstated four standing committees, which will come...
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