tourism

Hostels fear collapse

By MATTHEW MCKEW If something doesn’t change, Queenstown’s once thriving hostel industry will collapse — and, yet again, visas are a crucial issue. It’s led to a suggestion internationals living in Australia, who’ve already had  working holiday visa in New Zealand,...

Work visa plea

By TRACEY ROXBURGH While calls are being made for Immigration New Zealand to free up the migrant workforce, and establish region-specific visa extensions, that’s not on the new government’s agenda. Remarkable Labour directors Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott say there are dire times ahead...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Forget Covid — an Arrowtown-based mortgage broker reports Queenstown’s residential real estate market remains ‘‘surprisingly buoyant’’. Roost Mortgage Brokers principal Mark Pullar says first-home buyers and investors, ‘‘energised’’ by both the temporary removal of loan-to-value restrictions and the prospect...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With international borders shut, Queenstown’s tourism promo organisation’s this Sunday launching its biggest-ever push for Kiwi visitors. Destination Queenstown’s running a 10-week spring/summer domestic campaign that includes prime-time TV ads and big billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. It’s being...
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 PHILIP CHANDLER While so many Queenstown businesses are retrenching, at least one’s doing the opposite and finding a new niche for its offering. Co-working space company Mountain Club, which set up at Five Mile just over a year ago, lost half its...

‘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...

Hospo warning

By MATTHEW MCKEW A looming disaster faces Queenstown as working holiday visas expire and the government pushes the remaining foreign workers into the fields, with golden ticket extensions for horticulture. Unemployment may have leapt up in the resort, but bars and restaurant owners...
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...

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...

Point complex matures

By PHILIP CHANDLER A 34-unit European-style terraced housing complex is nearly complete in Queenstown's Arthurs Point. It's the third stage of Bullendale - an 88-unit 'special housing area' (SHA). The first two stages, which sold to a good proportion of first-home buyers,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite spiralling numbers of unemployed Kiwis, Queenstown's MP believes the resort still needs to keep hold of its skilled migrants. "The current government think there will be more than enough jobs just for Kiwis," Hamish Walker says, "but we...
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