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By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time columnist for Britain's prestigious Financial Times suggests northern hemisphere tech firms, and the like, relocate to New Zealand, and particularly Queenstown, assuming this country becomes a Covid-19 "safe haven". "The country should use the pandemic to...
By MATTHEW MCKEW An incredible response to a pop-up bar in Queenstown's Arthurs Point has seen Cargo Brewery commit to opening its pub in the historic Gantley's building full-time. Cargo first threw open the doors to customers in the subdivision at...
Former Queenstown bar manager Julia Lonnerheden is now flying planes in her native Sweden – a country that’s attracted curiosity - and criticism - by not going into lockdown to try to stop the spread of Covid-19. But, as...
By PHILIP CHANDLER While construction's virtually ground to a halt due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown, a developer's continuing with excavation and retaining works for a $22 million, six-star boutique hotel in central Queenstown. Developer Kevin Carlin says he's got Ministry of...
By GUY WILLIAMS Arrowtown's Nicholas Holmes thought he'd had enough drama in 2020, but now finds himself stranded in French Guiana in a coronavirus lockdown. Holmes arrived in the country on February 19 to visit his daughter Eva, 3, who lives in...
New Zealand’s immigration minister’s going to "urgently enable" three initiatives to help migrants on essential skills work visas. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult video conferenced with Iain Lees-Galloway yesterday — in a statement, Boult says that's resulted in steps which will...
By MATTHEW MCKEW and HUGH COLLINS Uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic's forced the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2020 to be cancelled. The festival, in its 46th year, was to have been held between June 18 and 21, but it's the...
By MATTHEW MCKEW An urgent review of essential skills work visas is needed to protect local Kiwis from job losses, Queenstown's mayor says. Jim Boult's written a letter calling on Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway to relax the visa requirement of 30 hours'...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Protecting Kiwi families is vital, but forgetting foreign workers will come back to bite business, a Queenstown hotelier says. The Rees Hotel boss Mark Rose says while there's social media scaremongering around the pandemic, anybody who thinks their business...
By HUGH COLLINS For the first time in its 36-year history, the Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival's been forced to cancel. The decision's come on the back of recent government directives to cancel mass gatherings of more than 500. Festival coordinator Carole Watts...
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