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...

Driver ‘crisis’

Queenstown's popular $2 bus network's being shackled by a shortage of drivers, amid calls the resort should be declared a "special case" for overseas workers. Otago Regional Council's public transport boss Julian Phillips confirms to Mountain Scene they've signed off...

Staff squeeze starts to bite

Queenstown businesses are buckling under the pressure of staff shortages. A whopping 86 per cent of business owners and managers responding to a survey say they don't have enough workers. One anonymous shop owner says it's driven her out of business. For the...