Otago

Slump could see young leave

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown faces the risk of becoming a retirement village, the mayor’s warning, amidst the latest slump in the resort’s economy. Jobseeker claims are up almost 1300% from where they stood before the Covid-19 outbreak, peaking with 525 claimants...

Local realtor closes door

By PHILIP CHANDLER One of Queenstown’s best-known real estate personalities retired on Friday after 25 years in the business. Kelvin Collins has run and been a major owner of Harcourts Queenstown since ‘95, through Highland Real Estate Group Ltd. He oversaw its merger...

‘Not for novices’

QUEENSTOWN’S mayor and other prominent locals hope the resort’s next Member of Parliament gets swiftly up to speed with its pressing issues. Mayor Jim Boult says first-term National MP Hamish Walker, who resigned last week after leaking confidential details of Covid-19...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown's only wildlife park has had "overwhelming" support after being forced into Covid-19 survival mode. For all of last month, Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street operated on donations only, a move that was purely about raising awareness,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks to a Queenstowner's initiative, Otago and Southland Covid-19 lockdown heroes have been rewarded with free accommodation, activities, attractions and meals shouted by Southern operators. John Cushen set up Southern Heroes NZ after being moved by the story of...
By HUGH COLLINS Like most of us, Sofia Machray has spent the last seven weeks complying  with the national Covid-19 lockdown. But this was never going to stop last Friday's release of her debut single, Handstands. The Arrowtown songwriter and guitarist describes...
Last November, Otago Regional Council held an extraordinary meeting to hear from Professor Peter Skelton, tasked with judging whether its water planning framework was fit for purpose. It needed to deal with "deemed permits" (historic mining privileges), expiring in October...
Alexa Forbes in her article on wai worries for the region (MS, April 30 click here to read more) ended her piece with the injunction that the blame game is not helpful and everyone will need to change. This is...
A NEW speed camera car on Queenstown roads is behind a staggering increase in the number of people pinged for speeding, cops say. Police figures reveal the number of speeding tickets dished out in Queenstown skyrocketed 48 per cent between...
Imagine fighting a fire bigger than Stewart Island - and it is just one of 207 wildfires burning across a vast, charred landscape. That is what a group of five Otago firefighters have just been facing in Canada. Glenorchy firefighters Will...
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