wage subsidy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Like most good ideas, it started with an old-school Queenstown crew brain storming over a bottle of whisky. The story goes, by the time the bottle was finished, long-time mates and Everything Travel Group founders Nigel Hobbs and former Queenstowner Callum...

‘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...

Park climbs off the canvas

By GUY WILLIAMS The long-term survival of Queenstown’s only wildlife park looks more assured after a financial lifeline from the government. The Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street is one of 28 similar facilities around the country that’ll get a slice...

Support keeps Essi smiling

By MATTHEW MCKEW She's back at work and wearing her infamous, infectious smile again thanks to Queenstown’s community spirit. Finnish bartender Essi Lehtonen’s had a tough few months but the staff, regulars and friends of Frankton Arm Tavern rallied round her...

Language school mothballed

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's longest-running language school will go into hibernation next month after its last few students graduate. Language Schools New Zealand owner Guy Hughes says he had about 90 students before the Covid lockdown in March, another 30 students...

Give us strength

By TRACEY ROXBURGH & MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's bracing for a second wave of Covid-19 restrictions, with genuine fears about how some businesses will cope, should the worst case eventuate. The resort, and the majority of New Zealand, moved back to Alert Level...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...

“False honeymoon”

By MATTHEW MCKEW September will mark the end of a ‘‘false honeymoon’’ when Queenstown companies are forced to make tough decisions, the manager of Fergburger warns. It’s when the extension of the government’s wage subsidy, which has propped up hundreds of jobs...

Migrants’ mare

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown migrant couple holed up in Bali for almost four months are becoming increasingly desperate as they’re continually barred from re-entering New Zealand. Brits Charlie Grant and Zara Meekins were holidaying there in March when their return...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With Queenstown open only for domestic tourism in the short term, at least one accommodation venue's proving it could still pay off. For Queen's Birthday weekend the occupancy level for Arrowtown's high-end Millbrook Resort is already 40 per cent. July...
It's turbulent times for Queenstown's adventure tourism industry. It's the sector that's put the resort on the international map, but that's of little use when international visitors, because of the Covid-19 crisis, can't get here for the foreseeable future. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to three...
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