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Queenstown tourism handout

Queenstown's high visitor numbers and low ratepayer base  could help it win extra Government funding for tourism ...

The Government may come up with special funding for Queenstown outside of its new $100m tourism infrastructure fund.

Wayne Hudson fourth candidate for Wanaka ward

Wayne Hudson is standing for the Wanaka ward in the Queenstown Lakes District Council byelection.

Business start up supporter Wayne Hudson keen to represent Wanaka on Queenstown Lakes District Council

Makarora brigade gets keys to new fire truck

Makarora's new double cab fire truck beside Lake Wanaka.

Three firefighters had to squash up in Makarora's old truck. Now the rescue crew has a roomy new fire engine.

Lambing tweak pays off

Tom Wylie and Jane among the forage crops planted on the farm.

A day - or 10 - can make all the difference to farming.

Politicians focus on farming

Minister for Environment Nick Smith speaks at the Federated Farmers Southland annual meeting.

NZ's two main political parties make promises for farmers.

War for freedom campers video

Private properties such as Christopher Gilberd's Dunsandel farm stay are popular with freedom campers.

Competition is hotting up between rival freedom camping apps seeking driveway and private property parking for Lions tour visitors.

Innovation key to future of farming in Southland

KPMG global head of agribusiness Ian Proudfoot spoke of the need for New Zealand's farming sector to innovate to adapt ...

KPMG's global head of agribusiness Ian Proudfoot says New Zealand's primary sector needs to focus on innovation, not increased production.

Free wi-fi users clutter footpath

People using free wifi sit on the Helwick Street pavement outside Base fashion store.

People lying on a Wanaka pavement using free wi-fi could be lying beside the lake, annoyed shop owner says.

Spearing puts hand up for Queenstown Lakes District Council

Eddie Spearing is campaigning on town growth, youth, water quality and business development platforms.

Third candidate announces bid for vacant Wanaka seat on the Queenstown Lakes District Council

Ski field base building's remarkable win

The new Remarkables ski field base building has been named supreme winner at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards.

Despite 150kmh winds and snow during the building process, it was completed ahead of schedule.

China looking to Southland for tourism

Export Southland chairman Graham Dick with Chinese consul-general for Christchurch Jin Zhijian.

A visiting diplomat says Southland could be a prime destination for Chinese tourists, with visitor numbers predicted to double over the next five years.

Protesters 'Rick-roll' bank

Police keep watch over protesters outside Dunedin's ANZ on George St on Friday.

A Dunedin bank just got 'Rick-rolled' by dozens of singing protesters.

Immigration: Govt 'not getting it'

The Rees Hotel chief executive Mark Rose said immigration changes would affect hospitality workers in Queenstown.

Queenstown hotel boss wants the resort town to have a separate immigration policy.

Mixed reaction to $178m spend for tourism

Tekapo is one of the small towns likely to benefit from extra funding for tourism infrastructure.

The Government's tourism boost was met with a mixture of relief and disappointment from the industry.

Fast charge to electric cars in Wanaka

Queenstown Lakes District Council senior project manager Rob Darby with a lifesized display of an electric vehicle ...

Wanaka joining national network of electric vehicle fast charge stations.

New inner city development company looking for investors

Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt said a "majority" of councillors had been unaware of the creation of HWCB Management Limited.

Directors of a new company formed to promote inner city development is actively looking for investors both in Southland and nationwide.

Demand for homes cools

Demand for residential properties in Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes has cooled, according to the latest figures from ...

Demand for residential properties in Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes has dropped 9.2 per cent.

Hazlett Reunion unites the generations

Hazlett family reunion committee members Liz and Nicoll Hazlett with some of the memorabilia from their recent ...

Descendants of the Hazlett family recently gathered to celebrate their history.

New Central Otago property boom

Heavy Snow in Naseby in 2009.

Real estate figures suggest the Maniototo is 'just catching up now' on New Zealand's property boom.

Locals pitching in to keep bridge on track

The Kawarau Falls Bridge under construction in Queenstown.

Construction of the Kawarau Falls Bridge is being helped along by a group of local residents.

Skydiving wind tunnel on track

Instructors use an iSky Indoor Skydiving wind tunnel similar to what is being built in Queenstown.

iFly Queenstown is set to open next year as New Zealand's first and only skydiving simulation.

Queenstown business initiative welcomed in Invercargill

Invercargill City Council city centre co-ordinator Kari Graber

Shop fronts in the Invercargill CBD could be in for a spruce up.

Southland IT companies set to merge

Focus Technology Group founder Rod Sinclair said the newly merged companies would continue to operate under the Focus ...

Southland's two largest IT companies, Focus Technology Group and CGNZ, are set to merge following Focus' purchase of CGNZ's Southland operation.

Visitor growth projections shock Wanaka Transport Forum

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They're Off: The Jack Russell race gets underway at the Upper Clutha ...

Park that car. Hold that space on Wanaka's lakefront. The visitors are coming.

Candidates stand for Wanaka byelection

Quentin Smith hopes to keep his Wanaka Community Board deputy chairman role if he becomes an elected councillor.

Wanaka residents go to the polls on July 28 to choose new Queenstown Lakes councillor.

Tourism staff pay on the up

An MYOB survey has confirmed tourism businesses in places like Queenstown are finding it harder to recruit and retain ...

Small to medium business survey shows tourism operators are out performing other SMEs with pay rises for staff.

Robyn Hall gift to Adam Hall

Elitsa Storey and Adam Hall, of Wanaka, at the 2016 Snow Sports NZ awards function. They married in Dunedin on Thursday.

Robyn Hall has never met Adam Hall. They are not related. But she wanted to give him a wedding present.

Rent reviews signalled at Wanaka Airport

Wanaka recreational pilot Shaun Gilbertson.

All recreational pilots need is a grass strip and a windsock. Now, they fear footing airport development costs.

Flying to Alexandra

Central Otago Flying Club committee member Nigel Forrester and president Gary Wilson outside the Alexandra Airport ...

Commercial passenger flights to and from Alexandra Airport are unlikely but not out of the question.

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