National Party

MOST of us hold strong opinions as to what we want from elected officials, but are they well informed and do we apply enough rigour in our judgement of politicians and how their policies actually deliver on the ideals we hold...

Silicon resort

By MATTHEW MCKEW International tech firms could soon have offices at a new Queenstown innovation campus, providing a piece of land can be found. Former developer Ross Allan, who brought Dell to New Zealand in the late ‘90s, says he’s lined up...

Hospo warning

By MATTHEW MCKEW A looming disaster faces Queenstown as working holiday visas expire and the government pushes the remaining foreign workers into the fields, with golden ticket extensions for horticulture. Unemployment may have leapt up in the resort, but bars and restaurant owners...
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...

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...
By GUY WILLIAMS Jon Mitchell is that rare thing in Queenstown these days — a bona fide local. The Labour Party candidate for Southland was born in the former maternity hospital in Sydney Street, and spent his early childhood in an...

‘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...
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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite spiralling numbers of unemployed Kiwis, Queenstown's MP believes the resort still needs to keep hold of its skilled migrants. "The current government think there will be more than enough jobs just for Kiwis," Hamish Walker says, "but we...

Relief for Sri Lankan family

Finding work is the next hurdle for a Sri Lankan family temporarily saved from deportation through the help of the Queenstown community. Sam Wijerathne, his wife Dinesha Amarasinghe and their three sons were given a reprieve last week allowing them...
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...
OPINION: Congratulations to Labour and the Greens for wooing Winston and forming a new government. I'm picking the yoga lessons taken in opposition helped keep your hamstrings flexible enough to accommodate the bending required to meet Winston's demands? While myself and...
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