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One of Queenstown’s biggest corporate hotshots says his biggest annoyance is people assuming he moved here to retire. Roger Sharp talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about why he moved to the resort, how Covid-19’s caused him to be very busy...
Farmer, family man, gold fossicker, hunter, historian, shearer, bugler and, above all, a character. On the eve of his 90th birthday, lifelong Queenstowner Alan ‘Hammy’ Hamilton talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his life and times One of Queenstown’s longest-lived locals and...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The global one per cent is eyeing up Queenstown, looking to invest up to $10 million to secure New Zealand residency and help strengthen the Wakatipu's economy. AWS Legal senior associate Scott Donaldson and solicitor Chantal Ryan say post-Covid-19...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ten years to the day of welcoming their first charges, the Arrowtown Preschool team's looking to expand. The Cotter Avenue site marked its milestone birthday on Tuesday, having been built to try to take some of the pressure...
By GUY WILLIAMS Former TV cameraman and convicted fraudster Damon Forde has been ordered to pay $4500 in legal costs to a part-time Queenstown resident after a failed complaint to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA). Forde, 47, claimed he was unjustifiably...
Who'd be a hotelier right now during this worldwide Covid-19 pandemic? With thousands of Queenstown hotel beds lying empty, and the likelihood it could be ages away before New Zealand reopens its borders for international arrivals, PHILIP CHANDLER talks to three local hoteliers about their...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite ‘sadness that his parish churches, like all others, are closed during this most important week in the Christian calendar, a Queenstown minister says his congregation's never been more connected. Anglican vicar Reverend Dr David Wright notes that...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A $3 million-plus Queenstown property deal's gone through in the past week during New Zealand's pandemic-induced lockdown. An expat Kiwi family, based in Singapore, has bought Gibbston's Mt Rosa Lodge, including a pinot noir vineyard, at the Wakatipu's...

$18.5m land grab

In a market critically short of visitor accommodation, a Singaporean family company plans to build two tourist hotels in central Queenstown. Well Smart Group, a hospitality real estate investment and development company, last month bought a 5101 square metre hotel development...
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