Nick Smith

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...

Fast-track fail

Builders, investors and speculators have elbowed first-home buyers out of Queenstown's first special housing area. A Mountain Scene analysis shows only 39 of 135 sections – less than 30 per cent – at fast-tracked subdivision Bridesdale Farm are owned by...

Village plans shot

One of Queenstown's biggest developers has called time on plans for a retirement village. Shotover Country, wedged between Lake Hayes Estate and the Shotover River, has applied for consent to build 61 new homes on a site once earmarked for an...