coronavirus

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won't put any potential timeframe on the opening of borders between New Zealand and Aussie, but says the highly-anticipated trans-Tasman bubble hasn't been delayed by recent presentations of Covid-19 in NZ. As of Thursday there...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH The global one per cent is eyeing up Queenstown, looking to invest up to $10 million to secure New Zealand residency and help strengthen the Wakatipu's economy. AWS Legal senior associate Scott Donaldson and solicitor Chantal Ryan say post-Covid-19...

Impact takes off

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Talk about girl power. In its inaugural year in Queenstown, Impact100 Wakatipu has raised $150,000 - $100,000 of which will be donated in one lump sum to a local charity or not-for-profit group this November, for which expressions...
By HUGH COLLINS The Fat Lamb, in Queenstown Mall, is the resort's latest Covid-19 hospitality victim. The restaurant's been part of the Wai Group, which also owns and operates Bella Cucina, Public Kitchen & Bar and Finz Seafood and Grill. Wai Group director...

Charity worker dies

By GUY WILLIAMS A former Queenstown woman who was found dead in her apartment in Cambodia on Monday after a suspected heart attack was dedicated to helping underprivileged children, friends say. Cambodian media reported the body of Anne Copplestone, 48, was discovered...
In recent weeks we've been working on bringing together two taskforces aimed at assisting our recovery from Covid-19. The first is a short-term taskforce comprised of industry representatives, primarily aimed at attracting Kiwi travellers to sustain tourism jobs. The taskforce will...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A young Auckland entrepreneur's undaunted about buying a Queenstown motel property during the tourism-crippling Covid-19 lockdown. Satyan Mehra and a friend have acquired Queenstown Motel Apartments, on Frankton Road, from local couple Dianne and Peter Smith, who'd had...

Flame leaps the street

By PHILIP CHANDLER A bit like ageing its trademark steaks, it's taken time for Queenstown's popular Flame Bar & Grill to find larger premises. But, after a seven-month fitout, interrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown, it's finally moving across Beach Street to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Covid-19 border restrictions mean Queenstown's highly-regarded ski programme's taken on a new look this season. Usually, several Queenstown Alpine Ski Team (QAST) coaches, including its top coach, are foreigners, but this year Kiwis will fill the four full-time...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite spiralling numbers of unemployed Kiwis, Queenstown's MP believes the resort still needs to keep hold of its skilled migrants. "The current government think there will be more than enough jobs just for Kiwis," Hamish Walker says, "but we...

Banker boosts QT economy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of Queenstown's new residents is helping broaden the resort's economy, having set up Private Capital Group, a private debt management and equity investment company. Paul Carman's originally from Wellington, but spent 25 years in the UK, working for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With no tourists to cook for, Real Journeys Walter Peak and Canyon Brewing chefs are cooking up a storm for Queenstowners affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Using Canyon Brewing's kitchen, they've cooked almost 1800 meals for local charity, Baskets...
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