Grant Robertson

Silicon resort

By MATTHEW MCKEW International tech firms could soon have offices at a new Queenstown innovation campus, providing a piece of land can be found. Former developer Ross Allan, who brought Dell to New Zealand in the late ‘90s, says he’s lined up...

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...
In light of recent criticism of the government’s support for the tourism industry, and Queenstown businesses in particular, and the frustration of alert level restrictions, I have given more thought to what we should expect from our government leaders. I’ve...

Support for sports

By MATTHEW MCKEW A $151 million overhaul of Queenstown Events Centre - including the resort's first full-size artificial turf pitches  - is set public consultation. The proposal includes an extension to the swimming pool and new buildings, where the existing main...
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