school holidays

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...

Government handout rejected

By MATTHEW MCKEW NZSki's said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to the government after being offered just $500,000 of the $2.7 million it asked for. Chief executive Paul Anderson says the company behind Coronet Peak, The Remarks and Mt Hutt’s ‘‘grateful’’ but ‘‘respectfully declined’’...

One more week

By TRACEY ROXBURGH NZSki's decided to keep The Remarkables running for another full week, before opening at weekends only. The skifield turned on the chairlifts for 2020 on July 4, coinciding with school holidays, and initially intended to dial it back...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...
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