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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...

Fourth time lucky?

By PHILIP CHANDLER He's possibly New Zealand’s unluckiest sports event organiser — and you can’t even blame Covid. Queenstowner Evan McWhirter, who’s again organising tomorrow's Routeburn Classic run over the stunning Routeburn Track, has had to cancel the event’s past three...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Resort College has joined forces with the resort’s chamber of commerce and the government on a pilot programme to help keep people in tourism jobs, and give them a chance to add more strings to their...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH National's tourism spokesman predicts a ‘‘cold, hard winter is coming’’ for Queenstown, unless the government ‘‘steps up’’. Todd McClay, in Queenstown on Monday with local MP Joseph Mooney, tells Mountain Scene he was last in the Whakatipu just...

What is the plan?

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown accountant and business adviser compares the lack of government direction on any plan to open a border with Australia as ‘‘like being a farmer in a never-ending drought’’. Findex’s Duncan Fea, who’s advising businesses through the toughest economic...
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...
We all read with interest Darren Lovell’s piece about Queenstown’s stampeding elephant and how local businesses are hurting (MS, Nov 26). Now let’s address some of the misconceived comments about tourism and business in a Covid-19 world. Tourism businesses in Queenstown,...
THERE’S a bloody big elephant stampeding through the streets of Queenstown and no one, it seems, can see it. And if someone doesn’t do something soon, that bloody big elephant is going to smash our streets to smithereens. Our elephant, the...

Flyers in a flap

By PHILIP CHANDLER Milford flightseeing companies, mostly Queenstown-based, are outraged over a governance group’s proposal to stop small tourist planes flying to and from world-famous Milford Sound. Milford Opportunities is floating proposals to improve and lengthen the Milford visitor experience, before producing...
It has been an extraordinary year, and what better time to enter politics. In my case I decided to throw my hat into the ring due to my experiences as a kid in 1980s New Zealand during very difficult economic...
By PHILIP CHANDLER If anyone knows how hard Queenstown’s retail scene is, not least this year, it’s local couple Judy and John Knight, who this week mark 25 years in business. They’ve had Outside Sports — specialising in ski, hike, bike and...
By GUY WILLIAMS Jon Mitchell is that rare thing in Queenstown these days — a bona fide local. The Labour Party candidate for Southland was born in the former maternity hospital in Sydney Street, and spent his early childhood in an...
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