opinion

Opinion: Famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson once said: "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." The point he makes is neither truth nor science gives two shits about my or your...
Queenstown Airport Corporation's (QAC) decision to delay "progressing a noise change proposal to the next stage", as it was described in its letter of October 2 to affected residents, was widely welcomed. But it poses the question whether QAC is...
I wish I was in a position to help, opined Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, when asked by Duncan Garner on TV3 what the government would do to help Abby Hartley return to New Zealand from a Balinese hospital. Jacinda had...
In recent weeks there has been considerable discussion around the subject of visitor and population growth within the district. Much of this has been sparked by Queenstown Airport's consultation process relating to extended noise boundaries. While we are justifiably proud...
Sound – and silence – are intimately connected to how we experience our environment and our emotional responses to it. The failure to recognise this was a massive shortcoming of QAC's research and analysis in the preparation of its airport...
I've got sweaty palms and hands that won't stop shaking, my heart's racing and the adrenaline coursing through my body's actually making me dizzy. It's probably the same feeling you get before you leap from a bridge or a plane...
Opinion: Many of you may be aware that back in February this year the council approved its first ever public-facing Disability Policy. The role of this policy is primarily to make a commitment to our district's community about the...
Opinion: We need to take control of our own destiny, Queenstown. I'm talking about the Lakes District Hospital and the health needs of the people of Queenstown and the surrounding districts. Quite clearly the current model in Queenstown does not meet...

Opinion: Rental ethics in focus

I'm no economist. So, caveat emptor; buyer beware. The following is based on observation and common sense rather than economic theory. There's been a lot of talk in the press lately about renters and landlords, about how to make the...
The people are mobilising – finally. And it was the airport that did it. I don't think I've ever seen such a groundswell in Queenstown in the 20-odd years I've called this place my home. Living here in those early days, there...
Queenstown has a well-deserved global reputation as a tourism destination. It is undoubtedly a drawcard for many of our international visitors, and is also a special place for New Zealanders to visit. However, there are well-founded fears that Queenstown is becoming...
As mayor of the fastest-growing district in the country, I don't have to go far to engage in conversations about the challenge of effectively managing growth. And frequently that conversation turns to how we fund the infrastructure needed to support...
Advertisement
Advertisement