unemployment

Fingers crossed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is rumoured to be making an imminent announcement regarding working holiday and supplementary seasonal employer (SSE) visas. While details are scant, Mountain Scene understands INZ may announce SSE visa holders can move to working holiday visas,...
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...
FROM the off I’ll tell you I don’t like the term ‘‘migrant’’ — it just feels a bit ‘them and us’. Also, most of us migrated here from somewhere else, so there’s that. If you’ve lived here for a minute you’ll...
You may recall the Infometrics report done in May of this year which predicated a very dire situation for our district. At that time, little was known about what effect Covid-19 would have and their report predicted unemployment of 18.5%...

‘Jobbortunities’ knocking

By PHILIP CHANDLER A near-neighbouring mayor’s rolling up his sleeves to present 8000-plus job options to Covid-19-impacted Queenstowners. In a unique Otago-wide initiative, Clutha District mayor Bryan Cadogan and his council are running a five-hour work fair, called ‘Jobbortunities’, at Queenstown Memorial...

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...

Battler joins the fray

By PHILIP CHANDLER A battle-hardened resort father of three preschoolers, living in a state house and surviving on ACC, wants your vote. Joel Rowlands, 35, is standing for The Opportunities Party (TOP) this election in the local Southland electorate as an advocate 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...
In recent weeks we've been working on bringing together two taskforces aimed at assisting our recovery from Covid-19. The first is a short-term taskforce comprised of industry representatives, primarily aimed at attracting Kiwi travellers to sustain tourism jobs. The taskforce will...
Dear Kelvin, I know you're busy and all, but I just had one quick question for you. Where, exactly, have you been? Or, perhaps, more to the point, as Minister of Tourism, what - aside from tasking Tourism New Zealand to come...

‘We will beat this’

We live in a truly amazing community. Covid-19 has brought with it a lockdown of our community and our country, but we will fight to get through this together. Like you, I am in lockdown at my house in Queenstown. Many of...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hotels in Queenstown may be needed for makeshift hospital wards should an outbreak of Covid-19 become widespread, a doctor's warning. Dr Sam Hazledine, of locally-based recruitment agency MedWorld, is working with the Ministry of Health to pull retired...
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