Parting Shot

By MATTHEW MCKEW Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis will visit Queenstown in the "near future" and understands the resort faces hardships, his office says. It comes on the back of sustained pressure from Mountain Scene, including a column by editor Tracey Roxburgh...
Tha caused quite the stir, didn't it? Mountain Scene's Parting Shot last week, an open letter to Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, seems to have captured the zeitgeist of not only Queenstown, but New Zealand's tourism industry. By Wednesday afternoon, Scene editor Tracey...
You know what's bloody amazing? Us. I had a chat with one of our new staffers the other day. He was surprised at the vitriol coming from other parts of New Zealand about the situation Queenstown finds itself in. That others have taken...
Fasten your seatbelts, Queenstown. We're in for a bumpy ride. It's now impossible to have a conversation with anyone that doesn't include 'coronavirus' ... a word I hadn't even heard of until about three months ago. This week the proverbial hit the...
Last December, we revealed that The Rees Hotel was lifting its minimum wage to $20 an hour in a possible first for the Queenstown hotel industry. This week, we report that the smaller Mi-pad hotel is paying all its staff,...
It will come as a surprise to nobody, especially my long-suffering colleagues, that I occasionally engage in "robust discussion" about the patriarchy and/or younger people being shut out from decision-making. What can I say? I'm a millennial who spends way...
I can think of two examples, just off the top of my head, just in recent weeks, where things that went before councillors appeared to already be a done deal. Fait accompli. Pass me the rubber stamp . . ....
OPINION: On Friday afternoon, I walked through the middle of Queenstown and I started to cry. I cried because as I was walking along the streets of our beautiful, culturally-diverse town, a couple of hours up the road from my...
It's been a while since we've done Parting Shot, but there's so much going on in town and the world that we want to have a crack about, I thought we'd bring it back. Every week. I can't promise to...
OPINION: There's a phrase that's been bandied around a lot in the wake of the tragic, senseless death of Grace Millane. "Not all men." It's usually used, often online, as a retort to calls for men to stop attacking/abusing/harassing women. "Not all...
I've found myself googling 'sexually transmitted infections' a fair bit recently, but, I'd like to quickly point out, not for the reasons one might think. My web habits – which may be causing a few raised eyebrows over at IT...
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...
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