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By TRACEY ROXBURGH National's immigration spokeswoman says she’ll ask Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi in the House when he intends to visit Queenstown. Erica Stanford spent Tuesday in the resort talking to businesses about the issues facing them, hosted by local MP Joseph...
He came to Queenstown to open the resort’s first ice rink and now, 55 years later, after other stints in the food business and transport industry, Eion Buckley’s retiring — or just about. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...

Aqualand makes waves

By MATTHEW MCKEW Kids are making a splash in Queenstown with tens of thousands of visits to Whakatipu swimming pools this summer and fully-booked lessons. Council sports tsar Simon Battrick says the wet summer ‘‘certainly brought in the crowds’’ and he’s...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown hotelier fears the resort’s ‘‘facing a catastrophe’’ if the Aussie border remains closed. The Rees’ Mark Rose says: ‘‘Our business fell off a cliff on Sunday, and apart from a couple of reasonably good days...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...

Millennium to be mothballed

By MATTHEW MCKEW Unsustainable occupancy levels have forced a prominent Queenstown hotel to be mothballed while the borders remain closed. A spokesman for the Millennium Hotel, on Frankton Road, says it’s part of a consolidation plan while international tourists are shut...
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%...

Our foreign language nursery

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It gave new meaning to thinking globally but acting locally. In the normal course of events, language teachers from all over New Zealand would have spent the recent school holidays overseas, being immersed in the various languages they...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The head teaching pro at Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort last Thursday stunned a very competitive field at the Marlborough Pro-Am, near Blenheim, to win by two shots. Ben Gallie, 41, headed off 51 other pros including Michael Hendry, Josh...

‘Extend wage subsidy’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he’s asking the government to reinstate the wage subsidy for tourism and hospitality ‘‘till we see reasonable levels of business return’’. The wage subsidy, which wound up early this month, played a critical...

Mountain Turk dream realised

By GUY WILLIAMS After three years of dreaming, wrestling red tape and hard graft, an Arrowtown adventurer’s vision of a ski touring route from Coronet Peak to Treble Cone has been realised. Erik Bradshaw and a team of 15 people and three...

Slump could see young leave

By MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown faces the risk of becoming a retirement village, the mayor’s warning, amidst the latest slump in the resort’s economy. Jobseeker claims are up almost 1300% from where they stood before the Covid-19 outbreak, peaking with 525 claimants...
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