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By GUY WILLIAMS The promoters behind the Gibbston Valley summer concert are hoping to stage more than one concert a year at the site, in part to support its more than 160 suppliers nationwide. Greenstone Entertainment has applied to Queenstown’s council...
By PHILIP CHANDLER When Queenstown's tourism economy stopped overnight in March, so did income for thousands of those renting out homes or rooms on Airbnb-type platforms. Anecdotally, many of these landlords, especially those dependent on that income, switched their homes/rooms into...
By GUY WILLIAMS The first build at Arrowtown's Arrowfields subdivision will start this week. Stonewood Homes Queenstown sales boss Emily Wills says it's the first company to get building consent for the 20-lot development off McDonnell Road. Council issued titles in March, just...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Glenorchy developer's forging ahead with plans to resurrect the town's same site as the original Mount Earnslaw Hotel once stood. Douglas Rikard-Bell applied for consent late last year after his company, Blackthorn Ltd, bought the vacant 8079 square...
By GUY WILLIAMS The transformation of the Frankton Motor Camp into a camping-only facility has been delayed by ... you guessed it, Covid-19. Work to clear the old cabins and caravans from the lakeside land began in March, before the lockdown began,...

Boat sale dispute

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown council's plan to sell or dispose of a former America's Cup trial yacht could hit choppy waters. Moored in Queenstown Bay, NZL 14 - built for New Zealand's 1992 America's Cup challenge - has been declared abandoned...
By HUGH COLLINS Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum is waiting with bated breath for the outcome of two applications it's made to fund critical earthquake-strengthening work for its original historic building. Well before the Covid-19 lockdown the museum's former Bank of New...
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 TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's going to "bust my backside" to help lead the resort, and the district, out of the coronavirus crisis. But, he warns, it will have an impact far bigger than anything most of us will...

TV wrestling to grip viewers

Queenstown's next pro wrestling show will be filmed for TV as the 'sport' increasingly gains a hold on New Zealand. TVNZ Duke will film the sixth edition of 'Queenstown WrestleFest' on March 14, for screening around July. It's a coup for...

Hotel blasted

Residents in an exclusive Queenstown subdivision fear a proposed eight-storey hotel will destroy their neighbourhood. The Aspen Grove residents are up in arms over a resource consent application for a $100 million, six-star hotel sloping down from Fernhill's Kamana Lakehouse...

Leaky lawsuit

Local ratepayers could be picking up a $40 million tab to repair a leaky Queenstown apartment complex. Work to repair the first of four blocks in the 84-unit Oaks Shores Apartments, off Frankton Road, is due to start in April. In...
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