Queenstown Airport

Another whopping contingent of Whakatipu firefighters is taking on the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge in Auckland today. The Queenstown station's has a dozen taking part, Arrowtown has six and Frankton five. Among the Queenstown crew are Chris Lindop and Jamie...
Speaking of mayor Jim Boult, his wife Karen says: ‘‘People know who Jim is, most of them don’t know who I am, really.’’ In an attempt to correct that imbalance, PHILIP CHANDLER talks to mayoress Karen Boult about her life...
I cried on Monday. Not that classy kind of crying either, like you see in the movies, where one solitary tear rolls down the cheek in dramatic fashion. No, siree, Bob. It was the proper ugly snarfle-type cry, and it caught me...

It’s party time!

By MARK PRICE The timing for our Aussie visitors couldn’t have been better. Just three days after the first international flight in more than a year landed at Queenstown Airport, Arrowtown’s holding the mother of all autumn parties. The 36th Arrowtown Autumn...

What’s in a plan?

Mark Price To acknowledge the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s new, 108-page-long ‘‘draft spatial plan’’, Mountain Scene has given me space for just 400 words. Thanks, Tracey. The plan sets out the big-picture future for the district over the next 30 years. It’s...

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...
THERE are many wonderful things being built in Queenstown at the moment. Many houses, of course, but also commercial spaces, hotels, tourism facilities and more. All of it will be here to enjoy for years to come and should be celebrated...
The economic benefits of tourism are often celebrated and the tourist sector regularly pats itself on the back for being a mainstay of the economy. But for some time now Queenstown’s been obsessed with growth, totally forgetting to ask who...

What is the plan?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown accountant and business adviser compares the lack of government direction on any plan to open a border with Australia as ‘‘like being a farmer in a never-ending drought’’. Findex’s Duncan Fea, who’s advising businesses through the toughest economic...
By GUY WILLIAMS A small jet flew from Sydney to Queenstown on Tuesday, picked up a passenger and flew back to the Australian city. The Embraer Phenom 300 landed just after midday with an Australian pilot onboard, picked up the passenger —...

‘Predatory activity’

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor’s labelled a move by Christchurch City Council to profit from our patch a ‘‘predatory activity’’ designed, he says, to attack the value of Queenstown Airport. Jim Boult calls the decision by Christchurch International Airport Ltd’s (CIAL)...

Launching ‘Kiwi OE’

By TRACEY ROXBURGH They've decided to take the mountain to Muhammed. Hoping to attract Kiwis to Queenstown for work — even if it’s only for a few weeks at a time — Remarkable Labour bosses Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott have...
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