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The Shows Must Go On

By GUY WILLIAMS Its title couldn’t be more apt. The Touring Company’s production of The Shows Must Go On, which hits the Queenstown Memorial Centre stage this coming Monday, was born of a determination to revive musical theatre after March’s lockdown...

Fleet of cabs goes high-tech

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown cab company’s taken advantage of the Covid-19 lockdown to bring its technology right up to the minute. The resort’s Corporate Cabs franchisee Ian Paterson says the company’s national owners originally planned to roll out new systems throughout...

‘Extend wage subsidy’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he’s asking the government to reinstate the wage subsidy for tourism and hospitality ‘‘till we see reasonable levels of business return’’. The wage subsidy, which wound up early this month, played a critical...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Inland Revenue (IRD) is cutting some slack for landlords moving homes or rooms from Airbnb-type platforms to long-term rentals. The short-term rental market took a dive when inbound tourism was shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many landlords...

Michael Hill … violinist

By BETHANY ROGERS Jewellery magnate Sir Michael Hill's first violin concert in almost a quarter of a century's a sell-out. Hill, his grandson Jacob, professional pianist Kinga Krupa and soprano Tamaki Iida will play two concerts next week in aid of...

‘Beating heart’ underway

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a major milestone for Queenstown’s first retirement village, mayoress Karen Boult this week turned the first sod on a grand $12 million clubhouse. Queenstown Country Club (QCC) owner Arvida — which bought the Ladies Mile ‘community’, as...

Cox money trickling back

By MATTHEW MCKEW Unexpected repayments have been gratefully received by Wakatipu businesses caught out by struggling tourism wholesaler Website Travel. But others remain unpaid and it means a burning hole in their pocket with the government wage subsidy expiring from this...

Abuse concerns

By MATTHEW MCKEW There are fears Covid-19 is providing the perfect excuse for abusers to isolate their victims, Age Concern’s warning. It comes at the same time as a City Hall report says Queenstown’s ‘‘young people’’ are facing ‘‘alcohol, drug and eating...
In preparation for writing a second political piece in the lead-up to the general election, I was contemplating which big issues residents in the Queenstown Lakes would be most concerned with. Rather than spouting anecdotes, I went to the findings...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Talk about rare. Take a 265-year-old violin, which has already survived several plagues prior to Covid-19, a mega-jeweller and a 12-year-old prodigy — representing two generations of their family — and you’ve got a series of concerts, the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An accomplished Wakatipu-raised performer’s just waiting for Melbourne’s airport to reopen before taking on the biggest role of her life. Alexia Brinsley’s one of two females, along with 16 hot male dancers, selected for the Australian edition of Channing Tatum’s...

Jumping onboard for St John

By PHILIP CHANDLER It started as a crazy idea but it’s set to be a huge fundraiser for St John. Queenstowner Jason Medina’s planning on September 17 to complete up to 100 canyon swings with the ambitious goal of raising $50,000...
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