wage subsidy

He came to Queenstown to open the resort’s first ice rink and now, 55 years later, after other stints in the food business and transport industry, Eion Buckley’s retiring — or just about. He talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...

Boult: No govt wage subsidy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Another wage subsidy’s been ruled out to help struggling tourism businesses in the Queenstown Lakes and beyond. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult had ‘‘frank discussion’’ during an online meeting with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Tourism Minister Stuart...

Canyoning firm pulls the plug

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown adventure tourism company’s hibernating as it’s on ‘‘a hiding to nothing’’ till borders reopen. Canyon Explorers is pulling the plug this coming Monday, though its fulltimers — three guides and a frontliner — have all found...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown hotelier fears the resort’s ‘‘facing a catastrophe’’ if the Aussie border remains closed. The Rees’ Mark Rose says: ‘‘Our business fell off a cliff on Sunday, and apart from a couple of reasonably good days...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...

Kiwi park’s wild ride

By PHILIP CHANDLER As it ticked over 35 years last week, Queenstown’s Kiwi Birdlife Park shared a lot in common with the endangered species it supports — both are in the business of survival. In 2019, with visitor numbers totalling 55,000-odd,...
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...
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