Queenstown

A new hospital for Queenstown is a step closer after a private health company and a charitable trust formed a company to make progress on realising it. It is understood the Southern District Health Board has also agreed to fund...

Ski cash splash

NZSki has announced a cool $35 million spending spree on its Queenstown skifields, including a new Coronet Peak chondola. The boost takes the company's total investment in Coronet and The Remarkables to nearly $100 million since 2014. As well as the...
Dominion Constructors Ltd cut steel reinforcing bars between the concrete panel walls and foundations at the Kmart construction site in Queenstown, Queenstown Lakes District Council has confirmed. The council says this is  of "obvious concern'' and it will not approve...
A shockingly low level of support has been shown for Queenstown Airport's proposals to extend its aircraft noise boundaries to include an additional 3000 homes. Figures released by the airport yesterday showed about 4% of almost 1500 people who responded...
Queenstown Airport has put its growth plans on hold after a jet-blast of protest but moves to schedule more services into Wanaka are also likely to meet opposition. Nearly 1500 people and 19 groups had their say on the proposal...
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8.50am: Snow update

Heavy snow has been falling since about 4am in Queenstown this morning, leaving parts of the resort without power. Up to 15 cms of snow has settled on the ground in some of the resort's suburbs. Wakatipu High School, various primaries...
Queenstown's mayor may be ordered to pay more than $28 million over the collapse of Stonewood Homes, amid allegations of reckless trading. Both Boult and former Stonewood managing director Brent Mettrick deny the claims, with Boult saying he acted in...
A Queenstown paraglider was likely killed instantly after he became entrapped in his paraglider and crashed on to a roof at Queenstown Primary School last year. Coroner David Robinson's formal written findings into the death of Benjamin Thomas Gould Letham,...

Key to new hotel – no key

What's claimed to be New Zealand's first fully 'smart' hotel has opened on the fringe of Queenstown's CBD. Mi-pad Queenstown – a striking $15 million, six-storey, 57-room hotel on Henry Street – has been designed by renowned local architect John...
It's difficult to get people excited about local government, so let's start with an attention-grabber. Apparently, kissing boosts the immune system and lowers stress. One million bacteria (of which there are 600 types) exchange hosts. Wow! Who'd have thought? A...

Comms costs increase

Queenstown's publicly-funded organisations spent more than $1.2 million on communications and public relations in the 2016/17 year. The district council spent $444,328, Southern District Health Board (SDHB) $462,406, and Otago Regional Council (ORC) $330,000. And two of those organisations, Queenstown's council...

From little acorns grow

Half a century of camping history is nearly ready for the world to see. The Wakatipu High School Branches Trust has been busy working on a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the much-loved Year 10 Branches Camp. School outdoor...
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