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New Zealand's money man doesn't seem to know what Queenstown needs financial help for – despite a 410-page plan its council just adopted, outlining exactly that. Finance Minister Grant Robertson was in Queenstown on Tuesday and told Chamber of Commerce...
Queenstown's mayor hopes he'll know how the new Labour-led government's policies will affect the resort as soon as possible. Jim Boult says he understands new ministers need to get their feet under the Cabinet table, but he's already asked Tourism...
Doubling government grants to first-home buyers has drawn a tepid response from Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult, who believes his council needs to step in to help solve the resort’s housing crisis. Yesterday, the National Party announced its HomeStart grants would...
OPINION: Every three years we see a classic centre-left, centre-right debate, and 2017 is no different, Esther Whitehead, Sustainable Queenstown NFP founder writes. This I find intriguing in a MMP system, which is not a de facto two-party structure. Whilst there...
New Zealand's most chased politician is walking into the lion's den. Disgraced Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay tells Mountain Scene he's heading back to Parliament. "Contrary to recent speculation, I will be returning to Wellington," he confirms by email. He'll head to the...
Prime Minister Bill English has revealed that Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay offered to play him the tape of his electorate agent's conversations last year. English says he didn't take up the offer. English made the admissions at a press conference in...
National Party officials are checking the rules to see who will replace fallen local MP Todd Barclay. Barclay announced yesterday he wouldn't stand as the Clutha-Southland candidate in the upcoming general election amid claims he recorded former staffer Glenys Dickson's...
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has signalled central government will pour millions into special Queenstown projects if they stack up. Bennett, who's also tourism minister, was in the resort yesterday to hear again about the challenges of growth. While she categorically...

I’ve got no regrets: MP

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay says he has no regrets about his handling of allegations he secretly recorded staff in his electorate office. He decided not to speak to police about the allegations because his lawyer told him he did not have...
The National Party in Clutha-Southland was bitterly divided by fallout from a police investigation into electorate MP Todd Barclay. A police file released for the first time has revealed the efforts of police to speak to the MP, and the...
If you didn't pick the result of the United States presidential race last November, you're in good company. Veteran US political activist and former Gibbston home owner Dick Allen, who worked for presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, talks turkey about Donald Trump with Philip...
OPINION: So summer has officially come to an end. Not so long ago there was a time when locals could take a moment's pause between the hectic summer and the busy winter ski season as autumn was considered the quiet shoulder...
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