Queenstown Lakes District

By MARK PRICE THE never-ending building boom in the Queenstown Lakes district appears to be putting a strain on supplies of native plants. Glenorchy Community Association chairman John Glover (right) says new subdivisions are soaking up supplies, and growers and nurseries are...
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...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new Queenstown charitable trust with a focus on mental health has received a $40,000 funding boost from Central Lakes Trust. The Southern Wellbeing Trust was co-founded in September by local GP Tim Rigg and health communications specialist...

Camping ruckus

By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand’s biggest freedom camping organisation’s taking Queenstown’s council to the High Court for effectively, in its eyes, banning freedom camping. NZ Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) alleges the council failed to provide areas where self-contained campervans could go when it...

City Hall’s promise

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's council says demolition of the Queenstown Memorial Centre won’t happen until an alternative venue is secured. City Hall’s applied to the government for resource consent and a notice of requirement for its arterials project under the Covid-19...

Sanctuary’s blow

By GUY WILLIAMS The consortium behind a $30 million plan to eradicate or intensively control predators across a vast swathe of the Queenstown Lakes district is back to square one after a series of funding setbacks. The Southern Lakes Sanctuary, unveiled in...

Huge shot in arm

By PHILIP CHANDLER As Queenstown’s tourism economy implodes, the resort’s about to hugely benefit from two TV shoots. Underway this week is New Zealand romantic comedy Under The Vines, while the second series of crime thriller One Lane Bridge starts next week. The...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Crime has fallen in Queenstown, official stats released by the police this week reveal. Comparisons between July 1 and December 31, 2019 and 2020, to exclude lockdown, show thefts in Queenstown Bay — taking in the CBD —...

Property market resilient

By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite continuing Covid-19-induced uncertainty, Queenstown’s residential property market’s proving to be remarkably resilient. That’s the key finding from Colliers International’s just-released ‘Otago Market Review and Outlook 2020/21’. The firm’s local registered valuer/property consultant Heather Beard says: '‘In the short...
You may recall the Infometrics report done in May of this year which predicated a very dire situation for our district. At that time, little was known about what effect Covid-19 would have and their report predicted unemployment of 18.5%...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ways to ensure community views are used to shape policies at a local government level will be traversed at the first ‘Reset’ discussion in Queenstown next week, being hosted by Max Rushbrooke. The democracy advocate, academic and author...
In recent weeks we've been working on bringing together two taskforces aimed at assisting our recovery from Covid-19. The first is a short-term taskforce comprised of industry representatives, primarily aimed at attracting Kiwi travellers to sustain tourism jobs. The taskforce will...
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