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We all read with interest Darren Lovell’s piece about Queenstown’s stampeding elephant and how local businesses are hurting (MS, Nov 26). Now let’s address some of the misconceived comments about tourism and business in a Covid-19 world. Tourism businesses in Queenstown,...

Tech turbo-charges team

By PHILIP CHANDLER The new boss of a 25-year-old Queenstown real estate business believes its early adoption of technology has paid off in these Covid-affected times. Harcourts Queenstown managing director Warwick Osborne, who’s taken over following Kelvin Collins’ retirement, says the...

Walker lands on his feet

By PHILIP CHANDLER After having to resign from politics after only one term, former local MP Hamish Walker’s taken little time to find a new career. The 35-year-old, who fessed up to leaking Covid-19 patient details to defend allegations he was...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Covid's knocked Queenstown tourism for a six but fuelled a boom in the high-end residential property market. In a trend that’s taken many agents by surprise, this market — we’re talking $4 million-plus deals — has become more...
Martin Hawes is a financial advisor, wealth coach and author who called Queenstown home for 20 yearsbefore moving to Christchurch When life changes, conventional wisdom says you should revisit your will. After 20 years of living in the Wakatipu Basin, I...
By HUGH COLLINS An Arrowtown real estate agent’s slammed organisers of the Queenstown Mardi Gras for planning to run the event in the middle of the historic village. The festival’s scheduled to run on September 5 in the Ramshaw Lane carpark,...

Local realtor closes door

By PHILIP CHANDLER One of Queenstown’s best-known real estate personalities retired on Friday after 25 years in the business. Kelvin Collins has run and been a major owner of Harcourts Queenstown since ‘95, through Highland Real Estate Group Ltd. He oversaw its merger...
By PHILIP CHANDLER If living and breathing real estate makes you a successful agent, you couldn't find better examples than Queenstowners Gerard Bligh and Hadley van Schaik. The duo have worked together for New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty's local branch for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It was Queenstown's most-anticipated residential property auction. With the resort's tourism economy having been hammered by Covid-19 restrictions, Bayleys Queenstown's mega-auction on May 29 - the first major one since the crisis hit - was seen as a...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In the face of the tourist industry's Covid-19-induced implosion, a Queenstown-based tourism broker's delighted he's just been given extra firepower to do his job. Simon Haslett's worked in the region for Resort Brokers for the past five years, but...
You could excuse Wakatipu home owners with big mortgages on high-priced properties being pretty nervous at the minute, given the Covid-19-induced implosion of this area's main industry, tourism.  However, Arrowtown-based Roost Mortgage Brokers principal Mark Pullar tells Mountain Scene there...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A legend in local real estate, skiing and golfing circles, Queenstowner Doug Brown, who died last week aged 92, is also being remembered as a gentleman and a great family man. He's survived by sons Nigel, Derek, Maurice...
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