lockdown

‘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...
By GUY WILLIAMS Arrowtown's Nicholas Holmes thought he'd had enough drama in 2020, but now finds himself stranded in French Guiana in a coronavirus lockdown. Holmes arrived in the country on February 19 to visit his daughter Eva, 3, who lives in...
New Zealand’s immigration minister’s going to "urgently enable" three initiatives to help migrants on essential skills work visas. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult video conferenced with Iain Lees-Galloway yesterday — in a statement, Boult says that's resulted in steps which will...
By MATTHEW MCKEW and HUGH COLLINS Uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic's forced the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2020 to be cancelled. The festival, in its 46th year, was to have been held between June 18 and 21, but it's the...

‘Slash rentals’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A health and safety adviser wants Queenstown's landlords to slash rents during this Covid-19-induced lockdown - and he's got support from the local mayor. John Frampton, who advises companies on their health and safety obligations, believes residential and...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hotels in Queenstown may be needed for makeshift hospital wards should an outbreak of Covid-19 become widespread, a doctor's warning. Dr Sam Hazledine, of locally-based recruitment agency MedWorld, is working with the Ministry of Health to pull retired...
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