Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult

Nash’s bold call

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism Minister Stuart Nash predicts Queenstown could enjoy a record ski season thanks to the trans-Tasman bubble, and hints he’ll announce more measures to help the Covid-ravaged tourism industry next week. In the resort on a family holiday...

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...

Canyoning firm pulls the plug

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown adventure tourism company’s hibernating as it’s on ‘‘a hiding to nothing’’ till borders reopen. Canyon Explorers is pulling the plug this coming Monday, though its fulltimers — three guides and a frontliner — have all found...

Teaching the gift of kindness

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It took peer support and turned it on its head. In the wake of Covid-19, Queenstown Primary School team leader Julie Walker thought it might be beneficial to teach almost 150 of her Year 3 and 4 charges...

A place to plant your roots

By GUY WILLIAMS The first 1000 trees of a native ‘Welcome Forest’ will be planted at Kelvin Heights’ Jardine Park tomorrow, and organisers hope lots of migrant families and newcomers will come and help. The planting day, running from 9am to...
A hard-working Queenstown-based Turkish cook may be forced to leave New Zealand, through no fault of his own. Ramazan Atagan, 35, who's worked for Turkish Kebabs for five years, was refused an essential skills work visa by Immigration NZ because...
Happy New Year to you all and I hope everyone had a pleasant and satisfying Christmas and New Year period. My very best wishes to you all for an outstandingly successful 2018. Just prior to Christmas I had a briefing...
Incensed is a strong word, but I think I am! I've recently been informed that the Ministry of Education has decided it is time to remove the school bus services in the Wakatipu where other public transport services are available. My...
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult is hoping the launch of a competition between business owners in the district will tidy up the towns and lower crime rates. Mr Boult announced the "Pride in your Premises'' initiative yesterday, which aims to...
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