NOVEMBER

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• Five of 14 punters on a Shotover Jet trip end up at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital after the jetboat hits a rock. Queenstowner Emma Voschezang, 20 – on a freebie with a workmate – sustained a swollen hip, suffered whiplash that left her in a neck brace, a bruised leg and black eye. Driver Rob Cowles is stood down while Maritime New Zealand and Shotover Jet investigate.

•  Air New Zealand widens its High Court appeal against Queenstown Airport Corporation controversially selling off a 24.99 per cent shareholding to Auckland International Airport. Air NZ is not only taking on QAC, its former 100 per cent owner Queenstown Lakes District Council and AIA – it’s now also having a go at QAC chairman Mark Taylor (above), two directors and an ex-director, alleging they acted unlawfully.

•  Jam-packed Wakatipu High’s days are numbered on its current site but it’s going to spend $2m on a music, drama and computer technology block.

•  Mountain Scene reveals that as cash-strapped QAC courted AIA, both were cobbling to­­­­­­­get­­­­­­her a $14 million offer for stage two of Frankton’s failed Five Mile development site. Five Mile stage one owner, Tony Gapes (above), later success­fully bid $27 million. News of QAC’s hush-hush offer further enrages airport deal critics.

•  Queenstown Medical Centre proposes a new prescription for hospital care. Southern District Health Board would abandon expansion plans for Lakes District Hospital. Instead, SDHB would sell the $18m complex, pocket some money and put the rest into a public-private partnership with QMC for a new hospital at Remarkables Park.

•  Sacked Queenstown air traffic controller Pamela Adams, found by Employment Relations Authority to have been unjustifiably dismissed, waits eight months for Airways to pay her out. Adams believes the catalyst was an email sent to State Owned Enterprises Minister Simon Power threatening “further action”. Airways says Adams only recently provided information it needed to quantify the payout.

•  It’s pay and dismay for Queenstown commuters. Many are boycotting the pay-and-display system which came into force this month at the former free Gorge Road carpark. The pay-and-display price at the Ballarat Street carpark is also jacked up to $9 for nine hours. “It’s another kick in the teeth in an already expensive place to live,” Gorge Rd boycotter Jamie Cowan says.