Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown student practising letter-writing at The Academy at Kip McGrath is stoked to have received a prompt response from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Henry Small (left), 11, wrote suggesting a quarantine hotel should be located in Queenstown. Ardern...

Ecstatic but trepidatious

By TRACEY ROXBURGH You could almost hear the sighs of relief at 4pm on Tuesday in Queenstown. After holding the collective breath for more than a year, the resort was finally able to exhale as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor will request a meeting with Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi to try to sort out pending labour issues in the resort. While this week’s announcement from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, that an announcement about the trans-Tasman bubble...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Otago Regional Council’s asked the government to stump up for Queenstown’s share of its public transport business case. ORC recently endorsed the business case in principle, to guide about $200 million worth of investment decisions — the cost of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown parents are devastated Ministry of Education’s (MoE) refused support funding for a son with high learning needs, despite admitting he meets the criteria. Eleven-year-old Tui Wilkinson’s school, Remarkables Primary, received in-class support for the past two years...

Arsenic alarm

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown rural landowners are on high alert over arsenic poisoning in their drinking water. Regional medical officer of health Susan Jack last month warned about 200 householders not to drink their bore water till it’s tested, as ‘‘elevated...
Darren Lovell’s ‘Your Word’ piece (MS, Nov 26) sure created a stir. Darren raised a valid concern about the future of our town, and indeed the wider district, if we don’t get any international visitors back soon. Some of the responses...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A veteran Queenstown muso’s lending his voice to today’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Pike River Mine explosion that killed 29 workers. Singer-songwriter Noel Coutts is performing his song, 29 Ghosts, at Parliament, in Wellington, before...

Labour Party’s art cash-grab

By PHILIP CHANDLER Two portraits of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are among artworks up for auction at a Southland Labour Party fundraiser at Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on Friday. Organiser Amanda Robinson, who confirms the PM’s been invited, says the ‘Paint The...
MOST of us hold strong opinions as to what we want from elected officials, but are they well informed and do we apply enough rigour in our judgement of politicians and how their policies actually deliver on the ideals we hold...

Three Queenstown innings

By PHILIP CHANDLER Over three stints in Queenstown, project manager Geoff Cotton’s been involved in some of the resort’s biggest builds. After working for CDL Hotels in London, he came to Queenstown in ‘94 as client project manager for the Millennium...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Food delivery competition’s heating up in Queenstown with a third operator vying for a slice of the pie. Controversial United States-owned Uber Eats two weeks ago announced it’s entering the market early next month. In response, fired-up Flame Bar &...
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