Remarkables Park

Language school’s lifeline

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown language school’s emerging from hibernation to provide free English classes after securing a government funding lifeline. Language Schools New Zealand reopened for 15 hours a week from this past Monday, operating weekdays from 9am till noon...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu High principal Steve Hall’s requested a meeting with the owner of  vaping store opening a stone’s throw from the school’s entrance. Shosha, a national vaping products retailer, is opening the store in the Wyndham Garden hotel building...

Charity’s double win

By PHILIP CHANDLER Young Auckland professionals last week raised $6000-plus for a Queenstown charity helping out-of-work locals. Philanthropy organisation 10x10 New Zealand organised a crowdfunding Dragons’ Den-style event in Auckland in which three charities pitched for funding from the audience. One of...

Funding keeps college alive

By GUY WILLIAMS The last English language school operating in Queenstown is delivering a free, full-time course to 70 former migrant workers after securing government funding. Southern Lakes English College in Shotover St successfully applied for a ‘‘very small’’ slice of...

Mystery Shotover gondola

By MATTHEW MCKEW Another gondola, this one running parallel to Shotover Bridge, and a new hospital, are two new ideas contained in the Frankton Masterplan discussed yesterday by City Hall. Released on Monday, the document details a council spend of $83...

Three Queenstown innings

By PHILIP CHANDLER Over three stints in Queenstown, project manager Geoff Cotton’s been involved in some of the resort’s biggest builds. After working for CDL Hotels in London, he came to Queenstown in ‘94 as client project manager for the Millennium...

Language school mothballed

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's longest-running language school will go into hibernation next month after its last few students graduate. Language Schools New Zealand owner Guy Hughes says he had about 90 students before the Covid lockdown in March, another 30 students...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's council's resisting pleas to institute free parking in the resort's CBD to help businesses suffering from the Covid-19-induced crisis. Restaurateur Graham McCarthy says CBD businesses now need local customers with the tourist trade, which they almost solely relied...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Amidst a health crisis, it's apt foundation works on Queenstown's first surgical hospital started this week. The $20 million-plus hospital's being built next to the Queenstown Country Club by the retirement village's original developer, Sanderson Group. Despite a slight delay...

Colourful Italian import

Queenstown continues to attract its share of multi-millionaire entrepreneurs.  One such is Italian Mauro Balzarini, who was formerly Australia's largest livestock exporter.  He's now helping his wife run a new pizza and pasta place, which PHILIP CHANDLER visited last...
Most Wakatipu High students could be studying in temporary classrooms next year, just three years after the school moved into new premises. This less-than-ideal situation arises as the school prepares for a building programme that'll extend its capacity from 1200 to...
Showing a huge appetite for Queenstown property is New Zealand-wide apartment developer and builder Safari Group. It's just started selling units in its fifth, and largest, local hotel and residential apartment complex, TRYP Remarkables Park, which will start construction in...
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