Winnies

Assaulted in bed

By MATTHEW MCKEW Three days after Queenstown’s cops warned hospitality workers to be vigilant over a rising number of sexual assaults, they were dealing with reports of yet another. A male was the victim of the latest alleged attack, with detective senior...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Eat your heart out, Queenstown. To feed business into the resort’s beleaguered CBD, aninaugural ‘Queenstown Long Lunch’ is being held in The Mall on March 19. Up to 300 diners will be seated down the length of The Mall,...

Shuffling Sundeck’s deck

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown bar baron Mike Burgess’ company has stepped in to take a half share — in fact, 51% — of popular local rooftop bar, Sundeck, and its downstairs partner, Attiqa. Original Sundeck/Attiqa owner Cam Mitchell, who holds the...

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...

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...

“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...
If business wasn't tough enough for Queenstown's hospo outlets before the Covid-19 closedown, it'll be far more on a knife-edge once lockdown ends even if there's less competition, with some operators not reopening. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to four long-time operators about how they'll...
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