Queenstown Chamber of Commerce

Today marks 214 days since the government was elected and Kris Faafoi landed the job as Immigration Minister. It's also how long Queenstown - arguably one of the areas most reliant on foreign labour and home to plenty of migrants...

Work visa alarm

A wage war is breaking out in Queenstown as business owners desperately call on the government to extend work visas. With fewer staff to cook, clean or wait tables, industry leaders fear for the resort's reputation come the end of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Chamber of Commerce’s new chair — one of the first ever from the construction sector — promises she’ll keep hammering away on the resort’s labour-shortage issue. Angela Spackman was selected for the role this week after Craig...

Fingers crossed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is rumoured to be making an imminent announcement regarding working holiday and supplementary seasonal employer (SSE) visas. While details are scant, Mountain Scene understands INZ may announce SSE visa holders can move to working holiday visas,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Resort College has joined forces with the resort’s chamber of commerce and the government on a pilot programme to help keep people in tourism jobs, and give them a chance to add more strings to their...
THERE are many wonderful things being built in Queenstown at the moment. Many houses, of course, but also commercial spaces, hotels, tourism facilities and more. All of it will be here to enjoy for years to come and should be celebrated...
Three hearty cheers for councillor Val Miller, supported by councillor Penny Clark, in their call for a relaxation of the council/NZ Transport Agency anti-car policy in the Queenstown commercial area. It is a breath of fresh air, particularly after five...

Sobering survey

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Almost a third of Queenstown CBD businesses don’t expect to survive till winter, a new survey shows. Last month’s Queenstown Chamber of Commerce-led business confidence survey attracted 241 responses from Whakatipu businesses — 187 of those in or...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Kiwi OE's first two travellers have arrived in Queenstown. The new company, set up by Remarkable Labour bosses Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott, launched late last year, intending to help plug labour gaps in the resort’s workforce, and...

Tour operator’s ginspiration

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It was one of the best-timed purchases David Gatward-Ferguson’s ever made. About a year ago the Nomad Safaris owner and his wife, Amanda, decided to buy Wanaka-based business Wild Diamond, a craft gin and vodka business specialising in...
In 1967 Skyline had been running VWvans up to Bob’s Peak for four years. The tourists were having a fun, albeit bumpy, ride but the repairs and maintenance costs on the vans were taking a serious toll on the fledgling...

Launching ‘Kiwi OE’

By TRACEY ROXBURGH They've decided to take the mountain to Muhammed. Hoping to attract Kiwis to Queenstown for work — even if it’s only for a few weeks at a time — Remarkable Labour bosses Blair McNaughton and Ed Stott have...
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