lockdown

By PHILIP CHANDLER Kelvin Peninsula Community Association's requesting Queenstown's council urgently restrict the narrow, winding Peninsula Track to walkers during the Covid-19-induced lockdown - however, the council's not intending taking that step at this stage. KPCA, according to its Facebook page,...
When we toasted the arrival of 2020, who would have predicted within three months a virus spread to humans, from a bat in a wet-market in provincial China, would bring the world to its knees and wreak havoc on...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A leading New Zealand business commentator has come up with an idea that could be of huge benefit to Queenstown's beleaguered tourism industry. It's assumed, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, that NZ's international borders will remain shut for...
By PHILIP CHANDLER While construction's virtually ground to a halt due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown, a developer's continuing with excavation and retaining works for a $22 million, six-star boutique hotel in central Queenstown. Developer Kevin Carlin says he's got Ministry of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It’s almost business as usual for one Queenstown gym, even though its premises have shut due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown. Remarkable Women's Health & Fitness, like many gyms in the country, is looking after its members through a...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With New Zealand's borders likely to remain closed for ages due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a veteran Queenstown hospo operator's in no doubt his sector - currently in lockdown - faces very tough times. "Without the international visitors,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A $3 million-plus Queenstown property deal's gone through in the past week during New Zealand's pandemic-induced lockdown. An expat Kiwi family, based in Singapore, has bought Gibbston's Mt Rosa Lodge, including a pinot noir vineyard, at the Wakatipu's...
Former Queenstowner Jaime Sands, who worked for the Queenstown Lakes District Council and, latterly, Hilton Queenstown, is now working on a private yacht in the Caribbean - where lockdown has its own challenges, and the consequences of Covid-19 are...

‘We will beat this’

We live in a truly amazing community. Covid-19 has brought with it a lockdown of our community and our country, but we will fight to get through this together. Like you, I am in lockdown at my house in Queenstown. Many of...
By HUGH COLLINS Despite a four-week national lockdown, many drivers for Queenstown Taxis will be keeping their ranks, so to speak. Given the bulk of the company's drivers are operating as part-owners of the company, or shareholders, most will be taking...
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...
By MIRANDA COOK From singers to gig promoters and sound crew, people in the music business are struggling to make a living as more and more performances get cancelled over the coronavirus. Christchurch-based singer-songwriter Julia Deans has been forced to pull out of her South...
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