opinion

Alexa Forbes is a two-term Queenstown Lakes District councillor, who's standing for the Otago Regional Council during this year's local body elections OPINION: Queenstown's council's resource consent application to allow for occasional sewage overflow spills into waterways has rightly raised...
David Jerram is an architect and urban designer, and co-author of a masterplan for redeveloping Queenstown Airport's land for housing The consultants who produced the just-released Draft Frankton Masterplan weren't allowed to consider the possibility of relocating the airport. As a...
OPINION: Queenstown's  council has hypocritically pushed its way on to the overcrowded virtue express train 5 with its recent declaration of a climate emergency. Not only have councillors misinterpreted what an emergency is, they have distracted from urgent local issues...
YOURWORD: John Hilhorst John Hilhorst is a former Wakatipu High School economics and social studies teacher, who's lived in the resort since 1995 A ridiculous notion – relocating the airport would cost way too much! Figures ranging from one to two...
YOURWORD: Brett Duncan Brett Duncan is managing director of Adventure Hostels New Zealand, in Camp Street, Queenstown The idea backpackers don't spend money is a myth. They use budget accommodation so they can spend their savings over months, not weeks like...
YOURWORD- John Cushen John Cushen is a Queenstown tourism adviser and sustainability lecturer When the decision-making department on top of one's shoulder starts to slow down, it is easy to become confused. As I sit in my rocking chair, dressed in cardigan...
Charlotte Mill is director of Property Management Queens-town Ltd, which owns Villa del Lago Queenstown is no ordinary resort, it's a special resort. You've heard it before, as actively marketed by Destination Queenstown, "Queenstown is known as the adventure capital...
Murray Doyle is a businessman and long-time Arrowtown resident OPINION: The visitor levy referendum misses an important point and should have an additional question added: does the community support the projected growth in our region? Recent community surveys have revealed serious...
David Mayhew is a Kelvin Peninsula resident who lives within Queenstown Airport's proposed new noise boundaries Expansion of noise boundaries and sustainable growth were two topics which featured in the initial reaction of councillors to the Queenstown Airport Corporation's (QAC)...
David Mayhew is a Kelvin Peninsula resident who lives within Queenstown Airport's proposed new noise boundaries Opinion: The airport and the council are back in the news: Airport action plan designed to deflect (Otago Daily Times, Tuesday). The Queenstown Airport...
OPINION: We've reached desperation point, Queenstown, and don't we know it. The strain on infrastructure is becoming more and more evident and we need intervention – and we needed it yesterday. That's why I've been lobbying different ministers, including the Minister...
It's probably a little too late to wish everyone who I haven't run into personally a very happy new year, however I'll do it anyway! A mixed bag for this month's column and I hope there's something in here for...
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