Crowing about Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster celebrations boosted tourism growth from China.

Chinese New Year contributed to the record 381,100 visitors who arrived in January.

Stinky water turns off tourists

Overseas visitors are not impressed to find warning signs like this one at Canterbury's Coes Ford.

Overseas visitors expecting pristine countryside are being put off by NZ's pollution.

kin2kin turns one

The kin2kin family app celebrates its first birthday.

Founder Hamish McGregor says Wanaka community support is behind huge growth of family app.

Units for Qtown workers proposed

Artist's impression of what 40 one- bedroom temporary units for workers at Queenstown Country Club will look like, ...

40 temporary units in Queenstown to accommodate retirement village builders have been proposed.

Great southern job growth

A tourism surge and building boom accounted for most of the job creation in the Queenstown Lakes District over the March ...

A boom in tourists and building made Queenstown Lakes the place to find a job last year.

Koha Kai 'unstoppable'

Koha Kai trainee Jeff Moyles cooks in a school kitchen for the first time thanks to an adjustable table that can be ...

For two years they have been cooking in small school kitchens, now the Koha Kai team is getting ready for its biggest challenge.

New Qtown road opening soon

Stage one of the Eastern Access Road (Hawthorne Dr) should be open before winter.

It's hoped one of Queenstown's several roading initiatives, the Eastern Access Road, will ease traffic congestion.

Wanaka waits for details on Hunter Valley Station deal

The entrance to Hunter Valley Station at Meads Road.

Wanaka on tenterhooks as they wait for Hunter Valley Station terms and conditions

Artisan hub proposed for Wanaka

Rachel Brown, Wanaka Community Board chairwoman, will negotiate the extent of road reserve encroachment.

The Teat family are planning an artisan's hub next to Wanaka's charming Bullock Creek. But first, they want to sort out a road road reserve encroachment.

Coffee brews in Invercargill

Viking Coffee owners Markus and Maria Hirner at Global Byte cafe, where they are also managers. Markus and Maria ...

Coffee roasting venture started in Invercargill to fill gap in the market.

Baby boom means business for Belinda

Wanaka businesswoman Belinda Smalls.

Stick with your dreams and just go with it, Wanaka businesswoman says.

English checks on Kawarau Falls Bridge

NZTA's Southern Business Unit Manager Ian Duncan with Prime Minister Bill English at the Kawarau Falls Bridge ...

English and Bridges visited the building site of Kawarau Falls Bridge in Queenstown on Thursday.

Southland space deal renewed

Venture Southland Satellite Ground Station Manager Robin McNeill says Venture Southland now has contracts with five ...

Southland students will benefit from renewed arrangement between the European Space Agency and the New Zealand Government.

Hangover prompts a business

Danny Sykes, 27, is starting a food delivery business in Queenstown.

Hangover cravings prompted Queenstown DJ to start a food delivery business.

Kmart for Invercargill?

Big box retailer Kmart is in various negotiations for an Invercargill store.

Rumours that Kmart is coming to Invercargill are true - but a set site has not yet been nailed down. 

Snowpark workers owed $10K

An artist impression of the indoor PowderPak Parks in Queenstown.

Failed Queenstown indoor terrain park owes employees and other creditors thousands.

South Port posts interim profit of $4.10 million

South Port's Mark O'Connor, left, and Rex Chapman.

South Port has posted an interim profit of $4.10million in the first six months of the financial year.

Queenstown artist invited to Milan

09022017 Photo: Dasha Kuprienko.  MIR News: Quenstown jewelry maker  Jessica Winchcombe is joining Fashion Week in ...

Queenstown leather jewellery maker was invited to Milan fashion week exhibition.

Beach St mall submissions closed

Sheep grazing on upper Beach St during a pedestrianisation trial.

"Racks of clothes outside a shop.. a tent, a caravan and parked campervan, a few grazing sheep"

Homestar reaches south

Queenstown company Rilean Construction received a six-star Homestar rating for this 2014 eco-friendly Evolution series home.

"The end result should be warmer and drier houses, which cost less to run." Annabelle Numaguchi

Sleepy NZ town comes of age

Cyclists and walkers on the Otago Central Rail Trail at the entrance to Omakau, Central Otago.

Omakau, Central Otago, sat dormant for a long time - but the secret's out now.

New software for schools

Message My Way developers Nicole and Greg Fawcett (right), with Arrowtown School deputy principal Tim Young (centre)

Arrowtown School has been the guinea pig for new software developed by locals to get their messages to parents and students.

Indoor ski park liquidated

The biggest indoor dry slope terrain park and the only one in New Zealand is in liquidation.

World's largest dry slope terrain park opened in December but the doors were closed by Waitangi Day.

Council retains consent, struggles with deadlines

Queenstown Lakes District Council planning and development manager Tony Avery.

Changes to council's building consent procedures are made, but the number of applications - and delays - grow.

Priest sex jibe offensive

One of Wicked Campers' tamer slogans - unlike the latest one to draw the ire of the Advertising Standards Authority.

Wicked Campers van signage about priests has been ruled offensive by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Opening day finally here

Central Fitness owners Alex Offen and Jonny Roberts are looking forward to opening the doors of Cromwell's newest gym.

You'll soon be able to train 24-hours a day, 7-days-a-week in Central Otago.

New migrant programme takes steps forward in Southland

Southland Multicultural Society president Jasmine Campbell and co-ordinator Sajitha Ferry at the welcome sign at ...

The "Welcoming Communities" programme is key to the SoRDS goal of getting 10,000 people into Southland.

Cromwell's Cider House Cafe and Bar calls last drinks

Di and Angus Woodhead go out with a party after seven years in business at the Cider House Cafe and Bar in Cromwell.

Seven years ago Angus and Di Woodhead drove into Cromwell in a caravan looking for work fruit picking. They ended up buying a cafe.

Qtown summer 'horrendous'

Queenstown Watersports boss Ben Farren bought four custom-made Aqua Trikes this summer.

"It's been so horrendous," Queenstown Watersports boss says.

Bad weather forces council to put weekly event on hold

Numia Freti, co-owner of the Pineapple Grill food truck, serves Sonya Crosswell during Food Truck Friday at Wachner Place.

Bad weather is putting a damper on Invercargill City Councils plans turn Wachner Place into a food hub every Friday.

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