migrant workers

FROM the off I’ll tell you I don’t like the term ‘‘migrant’’ — it just feels a bit ‘them and us’. Also, most of us migrated here from somewhere else, so there’s that. If you’ve lived here for a minute you’ll...
You may recall the Infometrics report done in May of this year which predicated a very dire situation for our district. At that time, little was known about what effect Covid-19 would have and their report predicted unemployment of 18.5%...

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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown should take advantage of being home to ‘‘some of the most interesting and dynamic people in the world’’ to diversify its tourism-dependent economy. So says new National Party leader Judith Collins, interviewed in the resort last Saturday just seven...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH HE was gone by lunchtime. Hamish Walker becomes the second Clutha-Southland MP to resign before the next election from what is, arguably, one of the safest blue seats in the country. His predecessor Todd Barclay was rolled in 2017...

Stuck in Brazil

By PHILIP CHANDLER Concern's growing for dozens of Queenstown-based Brazilians who can't get back to their adopted hometown. A local Brazilian knows of 113 of her countryfolk on New Zealand work visas who were visiting Brazil when borders shut because of the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Auckland owner of Queenstown's QBox campsite's donated $20,000 to the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Following an article in Mountain Scene last week, Li contacted fundraising queen Kaye Parker, who founded the fund in conjunction with the Wakatipu Community...
You know what's bloody amazing? Us. I had a chat with one of our new staffers the other day. He was surprised at the vitriol coming from other parts of New Zealand about the situation Queenstown finds itself in. That others have taken...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...
With all but a few visitors having left town, Queenstown's tourism marketing agency's switched its focus to helping the resort's beleaguered businesses survive Covid-19. Destination Queenstown interim boss Ann Lockhart says it's now part of a ”response and recovery team”...

‘We will beat this’

We live in a truly amazing community. Covid-19 has brought with it a lockdown of our community and our country, but we will fight to get through this together. Like you, I am in lockdown at my house in Queenstown. Many of...
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