Shotover Country

Hamish humbled by support

By PHILIP CHANDLER Local Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker, forced to resign last month after leaking Covid-19 patient details, says he’s come out of it ‘‘a much stronger person’’. In his first print media interview, the Queenstowner, who leaves politics at October’s general...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Plans to increase housing in Ladies Mile and Frankton by up to 4000 units rely on Kiwis ditching cars in favour of bus and ferry networks. That’s according to the growing list of consultant-produced and council-commissioned plans for...
By MATTHEW MCKEW TOURISM workers are beavering away on three pilots projects that could be the prelude to a new dawn for Queenstown employment. Workers from AJ Hackett Bungy, Go Orange, Canyon Swing, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Skyline and more have been...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's finally time to get your party pants on, Queenstown! This week New Zealand returned to (almost) normal, when we entered Level 1, and now a 12-hour live music festival's been announced for Arrowtown to celebrate. Arrow Sounds, being...
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 GUY WILLIAMS A pissed Brit's sucker-punch left a man lying unconscious on a Camp Street footpath with blood streaming from his ear. Queenstown electrician Daniel Joseph O'Rourke then ran away, clutching food he'd just bought from Night 'n Day. It was...

Double whammy

By PHILIP CHANDLER A heavily-pregnant Queenstown migrant stressed out about losing her job claims she's also been intimidated by her landlord. Spa beauty and massage therapist Viviane Soares de Freitas was distressed enough to be among 150 Hilton Hotel staff made redundant...
With Queenstown's accommodation industry being hugely hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and border closure, the Airbnb sector which so many locals have got in to, to earn some spare coin virtually disappeared overnight. Many have speculated this sector won't come back, but two Airbnb...

March date for hospital build

The developer of an in-dependent surgical hospital next to the Queenstown Country Club hopes to start construction in March. Sanderson Group chairman Fraser Sanderson says he hopes a resource consent variation to build the $20 million facility, filed in August, will...

End of road for subdivision

A final milestone's been reached in the development of Queenstown's massive Shotover Country subdivision. The last of its 810 residential lots went unconditional this month. It's a major achievement for principal developers Sharyn and Grant Stalker, whose main aim was to...

A new place to horse around

It's a playground – for horses. In just over a week Shotover Equestrian, the brainchild of talented horse rider Jude Nickolls, will be open for business on just under 14 hectares of land at Shotover Country, off Headley Drive. Nickolls says...
Shotover Country residents are embracing plans for a large development in the Queenstown suburb, but remain uneasy about growing traffic problems. Shotover Country Ltd plans to build a restaurant and 30 homes on green space on either side of Stalker...
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