lockdown

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...

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 A book about Queenstown like no other was one of two launched in town last week by a leading New Zealand photographer. When he moved into a Queenstown Hill home in 2009, Mike Langford vowed to shoot the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER If living and breathing real estate makes you a successful agent, you couldn't find better examples than Queenstowners Gerard Bligh and Hadley van Schaik. The duo have worked together for New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty's local branch for...

Workmen playing ball

By PHILIP CHANLDER Workmen on a Queenstown wastewater project will double as rugby ball boys this winter. A trench has been dug across the western end of the Recreation Ground to accommodate a pump station as part of a major council infrastructure...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ten years to the day of welcoming their first charges, the Arrowtown Preschool team's looking to expand. The Cotter Avenue site marked its milestone birthday on Tuesday, having been built to try to take some of the pressure...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's based a kids' book around daily displays of teddy bears during the Covid-19 lockdown. Placing teddy bears in windows became a New Zealand lockdown tradition aimed at cheering up children. John Cushen, 70, says his windows couldn't...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's delivered another warning about mental health issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. Speaking at a function last Friday, marking the start of construction of Queenstown's first surgical hospital, he specifically addressed his remarks to Southern...
Well before lockdown, one after another of Queenstown's most cherished events got wiped from the calendar, while countless weddings and conferences were either postponed or cancelled. PHILIP CHANDLER checks he state of the current industry with four of its practitioners  The events industry was...

In the Van-guard

By PHILIP CHANDLER Former local mayor Vanessa van Uden's been among more than 100 volunteers responding to Queenstown's biggest humanitarian crisis. She's part of City Hall's emergency operations centre response team, formed after the Covid-19 lockdown started late March. Every Tuesday and...
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