NZSki

By MARK PRICE The warm weather looks to be scuppering Coronet Peak’s plans. The Queenstown ski area’s due to open on Saturday, but that’s looking unlikely. Manager Nigel Kerr’s due to make a final call today, but doesn’t sound confident. ‘‘It is likely...

Call for vollies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Volunteer ‘snowbuddies’ are being sought to help disabled skiers and riders enjoy Queenstown’s skifields this winter. NZSki’s seeking 30 to 40 volunteers, who’ll receive ski pass benefits, to again contribute to its adaptive snowsports programme. There’s an information and...
Seven-day-a-week skiing returns to Coronet Peak and The Remarks this season, thanks to Anzac-power. But with Immigration NZ (INZ) still refusing to budge on border exemptions for highly-skilled foreign workers, normal service won't quite resume. NZSki boss Paul Anderson says they've...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Highlanders are on the hunt for a kid to deliver the most critical element of their upcoming Super game against the Rebels in Queenstown — the first Super game played here since 2011. Mountain Scene, in conjunction with...

Fingers crossed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is rumoured to be making an imminent announcement regarding working holiday and supplementary seasonal employer (SSE) visas. While details are scant, Mountain Scene understands INZ may announce SSE visa holders can move to working holiday visas,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH All they need now is snow. Twenty-seven border exemptions have been granted for critical skifield workers in the Southern Lakes — with three pending — enabling skifields to open at 100% this season. In March the Ski Areas Association...

Bring on the party

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's back, baby. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal Queenstown’s biggest winter party is making a return this year — but it’s not a ‘Winter Festival’ as we know it. Last year’s planned four-day festival got put on ice due...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Cabinet's decision to drop the Alert Level late Wednesday afternoon came just in time to save several events planned for this weekend, including Saturday’s inaugural Craft Beer & BBQ Summit at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak. NZSki comms manager Libby...
In New Zealand, Denis Marshall’s best known as the Minister of Conservation who resigned after the Cave Creek tragedy. In Queenstown, he’s probably best known as the co-owner of Gibbston’s Hawkshead winery. But, as PHILIP CHANDLER explains, his biggest...

Giving HR and immigration help

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A long-time Queenstowner’s gone out on her own, hoping to help businesses and migrants facing uncertain futures. Kate Batkin, who’s been in HR more than a decade, the past seven years of which she’s been NZSki’s HR manager,...

Work visa plea

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While calls are being made for Immigration New Zealand to free up the migrant workforce, and establish region-specific visa extensions, that’s not on the new government’s agenda. Remarkable Labour directors Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott say there are dire times ahead...

Government handout rejected

By MATTHEW MCKEW NZSki's said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to the government after being offered just $500,000 of the $2.7 million it asked for. Chief executive Paul Anderson says the company behind Coronet Peak, The Remarks and Mt Hutt’s ‘‘grateful’’ but ‘‘respectfully declined’’...
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