lockdown

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown business events operator claims the new Alert Level 2, banning 50-plus gatherings, plus other government policies, are killing off his sector. HQ New Zealand’s Rob Stewart-McDonald says the government doesn’t understand as a result of the...

So many gloomy predictions

By TRACEY ROXBURGH and CASS MARRETT Almost a quarter of Queenstown businesses which responded to a Queenstown Chamber of Commerce survey during lockdown aren’t confident they’ll survive till the end of this year. The one-off survey, sent at the end of last...

Runner laps up lake run record

By PHILIP CHANDLER Running one 8km lap of Queenstown’s Lake Hayes track is a hard enough slog, but a local runner’s probably broken new ground by notching a staggering 11-and-a-half laps. Ina Chalmers achieved the feat during a 100km run last Saturday...

Landlords offer rent relief

By CASS MARRETT Most Queenstown commercial landlords have been offering rent relief through Level 4, but one tenant says the government should be doing more. Westwood Group developer Johnny Stevenson says his tenants will pay 50% rent while unable to operate during...
By CASS MARRETT Queenstowner Jeff Hylton’s taking woodwork to another level. The arduous task of chopping and stacking firewood has turned into an art project for Hylton who since lockdown has been making various characters and shapes out of his wood...

Parking cock-up

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's council has performed an embarrassing U-turn after stinging motorists for parking in Alert Level 3. On Tuesday afternoon it announced it would reinstate parking charges and enforcement when we dropped down from Alert Level 4 yesterday. Council boss...
By  TRACEY ROXBURGH Watch your back, Lorde. Young Queenstowner Nehlia Chu’s used lockdown to create her first music video, already going viral. The 12-year-old St Joseph’s School and Liger Leadership Academy student wrote the catchy lyrics for Covid Will Be Stamped Out in about...
By PHILIP CHANDLER It's not your common-or garden play. Queenstown’s Remarkable Theatre’s staging a side-splitting Kiwi comedy, Gone to Seed, from September 9 till 18 at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall. It revolves around seven ageing garden club members, meeting in a church...

Support services gearing up

By CASS MARRETT Queenstown support services are experiencing higher than usual demand under Level 4 and expect that to grow if lockdown continues past tomorrow. Baskets of Blessing, which delivers gift packs and frozen meals to people and families in need, say...
By CASS MARRETT A lightbulb moment for Arrowtown chef Darren Lynch has turned into a booming business spreading like, well, fungi. Realising there was a gap in the Queenstown market for exotic mushrooms, Lynch began boutique growing and delivery business Remarkable...
By CASS MARRETT Queenstown Winter Pride co-organiser Martin King says limited pride celebrations can go ahead if Queenstown is in Level 2 by next Thursday. The festival had been scheduled to run from last Friday to September 4, but following Monday’s...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown police are investigating after water monitoring equipment at the northern end of Lake Hayes was vandalised two Sundays ago. Otago Regional Council lost communication with the equipment, which transmits data continuously, about 6am on August 15. The regional...
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