Wanaka councillor Quentin Smith starts work

Quentin Smith has been sworn in at a Queenstown Lakes councillor.

New Wanaka councillor keen to sink teeth into planning, strategy and community services issues.

QT athletes hope gym stays

Queenstown Gymnastics Club trains in a 120 square metre gym at Wakatipu High School.

The Queenstown Gymnastics Club has an uncertain future after Wakatipu High School moves to its new site.

Ladies Mile development on hold

Queenstown's Ladies Mile master plan for medium and high density special housing as proposed by Queenstown Lakes ...

Queenstown council gives Ladies Mile housing proposal "breathing space" as it decides how to control its affordability.

Council happy with CEO Theelen's performance

Queenstown Lakes chief executive MIke Theelen.

It was an easy decision to extend Queenstown Lakes chief executive Mike Theelen's term, mayor Jim Boult says.

Lower than forecast rates increase for Queenstown Lakes district

Queenstown and Wanaka property owners will pay more rates next financial year.

Higher than expected growth keeps rates increase below 4.5 percent, Stewart Burns says.

QT industrial parking 'choker'

Hansens Auto Service workers Annette Pearson and Walter Picar feel frustrated about limited car parks for workers on ...

A lack of car parking spaces in Queenstown's industrial area is pushing workers to park illegally.

Lakeview land can be sold

An artist's impression of the proposed Queenstown convention centre, on the Lakeview site. Lack of financial support for ...

Queenstown's Lakeview site could be sold for accommodation and retail use after plans for a convention centre fall through.

Airbnb gobbles Queenstown

The tourism industry has been urged to "embrace" the surge in Airbnb listings in visitor hot spots such as Queenstown.

About one in 10 dwellings in the Queenstown Lakes District are now listed on Airbnb, according to an Infometrics report.

Airbnb seduces the people of Queenstown

What better way to offset a crippling mortgage than rent a room to Airbnb guests?

OPINION: There is a mutual love affair going on between Queenstown home owners and Airbnb.

Opinions differ on Ladies Mile

Ladies Mile master plan for medium and high-density special housing as proposed by Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Some residents are concerned it would ruin the entrance to Queenstown.

Wanaka growth continues to soar

Wanaka Interiors business co-owner Janine Fitchew is one of a growing number of start up business operators in the town.

One year in Wanaka: 93 new businesses, 450 extra jobs.

New boss for South Port

Nigel Gear has been appointed as the new chief executive of South Port NZ Ltd, after Mark O'Connor resigned earlier this ...

Current South Port commercial manager Nigel Gear will take up Mark O'Connor's 18-year-mantle in October.

Positive response to Te Kakano's water quality project

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean: Te Kakano funding a "shot in the arm'' for Lake Wanaka community.

Te Kakano's funding a shot in the arm for the Upper Clutha community.

Central Otago innovation hub scoped

Dr Greg Bodeker, of Bodeker Scientific in Alexandra, Central Otago.

A tech-innovation hub for Central Otago will lure and "incubate" young talent and start-ups to the region.

Wanaka wins fresh water funds to improve lake ecology

Megan Williams is delighted Te Kakano Trust has secured funding to study Lake Wanaka.

Money available to address Wanaka concerns about lake snow, nutrient run off and land use changes.

Linking Queenstown and Wanaka

Over or under the Crown Range?

Would a Crown Range tunnel help Wanaka's fast-food deprived residents get to Queenstown quicker?

MPI test results not forthcoming

Uplift of oysters to tanker in Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island, in June.

Some oyster farmers have never seen test results that led to their livelihoods being ripped out.

Stewart Island oyster farm escapes Bonamia outbreak

Horseshoe Bay, Stewart Island, where Platinum Fisheries Ltd run an experimental oyster farm unaffected by the Bonamia ...

Two small farms in Stewart Island have been declared safe from Bonamia ostreae.

QT 'conditioned' to house crisis

Queenstown community support center Happiness House worker Tiana Fraser and manager Karen Stewart.

"We don't hear as much about it, this has become a way of life," Queenstown's community support center's manager says.

Wanaka pie wins silver

The Bakery Wholesale staff with their award-winning commercial pies at their premises in Wanaka.

The Wanaka business is one of the largest family-owned bakeries in the South Island.

100 NZSki workers with Qtown families

NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson is in talks with developers about seasonal accommodation in Queenstown central for ...

Queenstown families host about 100 NZSki workers, which makes a "big difference" to seasonal accommodation crisis, Paul Anderson says.

Fingers lost in conveyor belt

Figueroa had his arm sucked into a tortilla press machine at Remarkable Tortillas as he tried to remove a stuck tortilla ...

A Queenstown tortilla business is facing legal action after a worker's arm was crushed in a conveyor belt.

Scientist to open brewery taproom

Seahorse Brewery owner and brewer Claude Midgley, of Cromwell.

A Cromwell scientist, who hails from South Africa, has been brewing up concoctions in his spare time and is opening a taproom.

Flooding a 'medium-scale event' video

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy talks with dairy farmer and Dunedin City Councillor Mike Lord at his flooded farm.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has pledged recovery assistance for those affected by flooding in Otago.

Kiwi tourists dropping dollars in Southland

Visitors to Fiordland spent $234m in the past 12 months, with only 30 per cent of that coming from New Zealanders. ...

Kiwi visitors to Southland are outspending overseas tourists three-to-one.

Blue Sky Meats back to back losses

Blue Sky Meats chief executive Todd Grave.

Southland processor Blue Sky Meats has posted a second loss in a row a loss of $1.9m.

Farmers look to fill dairy worker shortage

Cross Country Recruitment and Immigration managing director Ben De'Ath.

Southland's dairy farmers are on the lookout for more workers, with the industry on the rebound after two poor seasons.

Are NZ houses too big?

Churton Park house

As households in New Zealand get smaller, we're supersizing the houses we live in.

No light-fingered staff, please

Hiring a convicted thief to clean hotel rooms "doesn't really work", according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief ...

Hotels and other hospitality businesses are frustrated by the standard of job candidates sent to them by Work and Income.

Overseas INZ offices 'frustrating'

Queenstown immigration advisers from Collective Consulting's Martin Guich says overseas branches' requests had been ...

Overseas officers want photos of workplaces and to see the CVs of every person who applies for a job.

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