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By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new not-for-profit school, focused on entrepreneurship and leadership, will open in Queenstown next year. In time the Liger Leadership Academy, which is setting up shop at Five Mile, will help to diversify and strengthen Queenstown’s economy, its...
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...

Tech turbo-charges team

By PHILIP CHANDLER The new boss of a 25-year-old Queenstown real estate business believes its early adoption of technology has paid off in these Covid-affected times. Harcourts Queenstown managing director Warwick Osborne, who’s taken over following Kelvin Collins’ retirement, says the...
In a milestone that flew under the radar, Queenstown’s NZONE Skydive — currently in a tailspin due to border closures — recently turned 30. Original co-owner and general manager Robynne Williams and current gm Clark ‘Scotty’ Scott reflect on...

Fleet of cabs goes high-tech

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown cab company’s taken advantage of the Covid-19 lockdown to bring its technology right up to the minute. The resort’s Corporate Cabs franchisee Ian Paterson says the company’s national owners originally planned to roll out new systems throughout...

Heliski veteran not sloping off

Probably no one in New Zealand, or even the world, has heliski-guided more vertical metres than Russell Carr. The Queenstowner talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about the buzz of heliskiing, what’s changed over 40 years and how he fits his...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown should take advantage of being home to ‘‘some of the most interesting and dynamic people in the world’’ to diversify its tourism-dependent economy. So says new National Party leader Judith Collins, interviewed in the resort last Saturday just seven...

Local realtor closes door

By PHILIP CHANDLER One of Queenstown’s best-known real estate personalities retired on Friday after 25 years in the business. Kelvin Collins has run and been a major owner of Harcourts Queenstown since ‘95, through Highland Real Estate Group Ltd. He oversaw its merger...
Almost a decade ago, our community came together to chart our way forward into our, then, economic future. In 2011, Shaping Our Future brought together our community - through a series of forums and workshops - to explore our aspirations...
Queenstown’s world famous for its adventure attractions.  Think Shotover Jet, bungy, rafting, skydiving ... the list goes on.  However, because the current Covid-19 pandemic's likely to mean New Zealand's borders don't reopen for a long time, this sector's in...
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...
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