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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...

Walker tops the poll

Clutha-Southland's newly elected MP Hamish Walker says he is "humbled" by tonight's victory. With 100% of the vote counted, he topped the poll with 19,524 votes, comfortably ahead of Labour candidate Cherie Chapman on 6519. Wakatipu National Party Chairman Mark Wilson...
Doubling government grants to first-home buyers has drawn a tepid response from Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult, who believes his council needs to step in to help solve the resort’s housing crisis. Yesterday, the National Party announced its HomeStart grants would...
The National Party says it will take a tougher stand on freedom campers if it is re-elected next month. In Queenstown on Saturday, Prime Minister Bill English said that would include banning vehicles without toilets from parking any more than...

Resort pair in Nats bid

Former Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden wants to take disgraced local MP Todd Barclay's job. She and ex-Queenstown councillor Craig Allan are believed to be among nine would-be National Party candidates for Clutha-Southland in the upcoming election. Despite National MP Barclay's...
Prime Minister Bill English has revealed that Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay offered to play him the tape of his electorate agent's conversations last year. English says he didn't take up the offer. English made the admissions at a press conference in...
National Party officials are checking the rules to see who will replace fallen local MP Todd Barclay. Barclay announced yesterday he wouldn't stand as the Clutha-Southland candidate in the upcoming general election amid claims he recorded former staffer Glenys Dickson's...

Barclay faces challenge

National MP Todd Barclay is facing a selection challenge in the Clutha-Southland electorate from a former top funds manager who worked in London, Singapore and Hong Kong. "I welcome the challenge," the first-term MP said yesterday of the contest to represent the...
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