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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...
We all get offended by things we hear or behaviour we experience. It's natural to feel upset or hurt by inappropriate comments or actions and it takes a level of resilience to deal with it. It's normal to disagree with...
We were among around 3000 homeowners who received a letter from Queenstown Airport Corporation CEO Colin Keel last week telling us of the consultation QAC would hold over the next month, based on the noise impacts its 30-year plan...
Every week I hear concerns from members of our community related to Immigration New Zealand (INZ). Prominent concerns include lengthy timeframes for processing applications and major inconsistencies in advice received from INZ. I have experienced instances of two people with almost...
I entered two words in Google on Tuesday night, just to see how hard it is to find out the answer to something. "Queenstown issues" was the search. About 862,000 results popped up in 0.47 seconds. Admittedly, they're not all relevant. The very...
Recently, a mid-sized property developer in Sydney informed me that the average build cost in Sydney was $1500 a square metre. In Queenstown, the average build cost is currently $3000 a square metre. With our average wage being much less...

Jim Boult: Buses a first step

OPINION: The saying goes that "all good things come to those who wait", and I am pleased to share with you that we have a commitment from the Otago Regional Council (ORC) to start the new $2 bus service...
OPINION: It wasn't the relaxing skifield road trip I'd envisaged. Ahead of me on The Remarkables access road the small rental car swept wide, over the centre line, on blind corners. I beeped my horn and motioned to the left. The...
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