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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 PHILIP CHANDLER Covid-19 border restrictions mean Queenstown's highly-regarded ski programme's taken on a new look this season. Usually, several Queenstown Alpine Ski Team (QAST) coaches, including its top coach, are foreigners, but this year Kiwis will fill the four full-time...

Banker boosts QT economy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Queenstown's new residents is helping broaden the resort's economy, having set up Private Capital Group, a private debt management and equity investment company. Paul Carman's originally from Wellington, but spent 25 years in the UK, working for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown International Marathon's boss is still hopeful the resort's biggest one-day event - which last year had a record field of 12,000-plus - can run again this November, despite the current Covid-19 ban on big events. Dave Beeche,...

Daily street art

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown artist's been turning heads by displaying a different oil painting from his collection outside his Speargrass Flat Road gallery each day. When the Covid-19 lockdown began, Thomas Brown (above) decided if passersby couldn't come into his...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH One hundred women will unite in Queenstown this year to give a game-changing $100,000 grant to one local charity or not-for-profit group. Impact100, the brainchild of American Wendy Steele, sees 100 women each donate $1000 to the main...
In a town where one couldn't buy toilet paper for three weeks, the American people came to terms with their plight. Palm Springs is the darling hideaway of the Hollywood famous, and here I observed the world's most prolific consumers...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Plans for a $12 million Queenstown film studio have been brought forward to address the Covid-19-induced collapse of the local tourism industry. The proposal, for a large Gibbston Valley site opposite the Victoria Flats landfill, has been sent to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER While construction's virtually ground to a halt due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown, a developer's continuing with excavation and retaining works for a $22 million, six-star boutique hotel in central Queenstown. Developer Kevin Carlin says he's got Ministry of...
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 Queenstowner diagnosed with terminal cancer has urgently flown to Mexico for treatment to try to beat the odds - and the risk of extra coronavirus-related border closures. Jacob Macak, a 33-year-old engineer, was originally told he had...
On Sunday evenings, dozens of worshippers gather for mass at St Andrew's Church, but it's not a service in English they've come for.  Brazilian-born minister Clay Peterson de Oliveira talks to LUISA GIRAO about his life in Queenstown and...
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