Queenstown Lakes District Council

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Another four months of road closures and temporary removal of carparks, this time along Queenstown’s Camp Street and Earl St, will start next week — but the end is far from sight. Queenstown council contractors will start digging trenches...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's Beach Street closure for the CBD upgrade project has led to rejigged parking in neighbouring Rees St. Till March there were six 15-minute parks and two loading zones on Rees St. Now there are seven loading zones and...
By GUY WILLIAMS A special event in Queenstown this Sunday will serve as a ‘‘big hug’’ for the community, and mark a year since the country emerged from the Covid-19 lockdown, its organiser says. Local iwi charitable trust, Mana Tahuna, is...

Fingers crossed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is rumoured to be making an imminent announcement regarding working holiday and supplementary seasonal employer (SSE) visas. While details are scant, Mountain Scene understands INZ may announce SSE visa holders can move to working holiday visas,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER People perhaps do a double-take when they find Queenstown’s Frankton Legal also sells real estate. The practice, however, has been lawful in New Zealand since 2006, and indeed the law firm claims it’s saving its real estate vendors...
By MARK PRICE A 110-year-old former church has become part of the Malaghans Road landscape, between Queenstown and Arrowtown. The building was bought from the Waikaka Presbyterian Church parish, in Eastern Southland, by Malaghans Investments Ltd owner Brett Giddens. Giddens has Queenstown...
By GUY WILLIAMS A group of residents behind a project to build a skateboarding ramp for younger children in Queenstown’s Shotover Country are on a final fundraising push. The mini ramp project was instigated by Nick Hyne and George Carver about...
As we race towards a winter of welcoming Aussie wallets, and after attending an economic diversification workshop I was wondering, what happened to reshaping our tourism industry? Over the last several months, I’ve moved from pessimism about the future of tourism...

Yellow fever

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's seeing red over yellow broken lines. Queenstown’s council is ‘retrofitting’ broken yellow lines in narrow streets to allow the likes of rubbish trucks and emergency vehicles to negotiate them more easily. One street caught up is Fernhill...
By KERRIE WATERWORTH Former Queenstown councillor John MacDonald says he misses ‘‘the team’’ and knowing what’s happening in great detail in the district, but ‘‘I do not miss reading pages and pages of meeting notes’’. MacDonald, elected to the Queenstown-Wakatipu ward in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ways to get rid of increasing numbers of unwanted neighbours in the Lake Hayes area will be discussed at the Lake Hayes Pavilion today. Otago Regional Council’s holding a public drop-in session to talk to residents about the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The boss of Queenstown’s Eichardt’s Private Hotel and The Grille says the council’s policy to offer a 50% discount on businesses’ table and chairs licence fees, in response to Covid, is ‘‘too little, too late’’. The council last...
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