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By PHILIP CHANDLER The boss of New Zealand’s biggest home-building company believes red tape’s one of the main reasons for ever-escalating housing costs. ‘‘I don’t think anybody has all the solutions,’’ G.J.Gardner Homes chief executive/co-owner Grant Porteous says. But he believes the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER To call Queenstown’s veteran harbourmaster Marty Black a jammy individual is an understatement. Almost four years afterwinning a cool half millondollars in a Lotto draw, two weeks ago he won $333,000 after three players shared the top first...

Business pickings still ripe

By PHILIP CHANDLER With Covid decimating Queenstown’s high-profile tourism industry, you mightn’t think a local business broker would be going for broke. But for Arrowtowner Kevin Peterson, who’s been Tabak Business Sales’ Otago/Southland broker for the past five years, pickings have...
Abbee Pratten still considers Arrowtown home, and where her heart is.  Originally from the United Kingdom, during her six years in the Wakatipu she worked at Millbrook Resort.  For the past five years she’s been living in Calabria, on...
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