Parting Shot

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...
OPINION: My straw poll is mixed. Former mayor Warren Cooper reckons Queenstown isn't as busy as he expected this summer. (It's alright, Warren, Chinese New Year's almost here.) Meanwhile, one of our Dunedin wizards, Wayne, who helps put together the Scene, couldn't...
OPINION: Now Christmas and New Year are over, we can all go back to drinking in the streets – at least in the daytime. The liquor ban that covers downtown in the holidays has ended, but could become a permanent...
The soppy '90s band Wet Wet Wet clearly didn't live in Queenstown. They sang Love Is All Around but in this place I reckon Booze Is All Around. Wine samples from a VW van parked in Beach Street. A floating bar moored...
OPINION: A mate says NZ Transport Agency's confirmation of Queenstown's eastern access road project in the first week of Jim Boult's mayoralty reminded him of the Iran hostage crisis. For 14 months, United States president Jimmy Carter forlornly tried to...
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