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Project Manawa wrangle

Queenstown Lakes District councillors succeeded in slowing down the Project Manawa juggernaut on Thursday but chose not to overturn it.

The project to create a “beating community heart” in downtown Queenstown had morphed from cultural and community facilities into a council office for 600 staff. Allegedly requiring the sale of much of the dual block Stanley Street reserves and a vaguely defined JV with Ngāi Tahu Properties that meant we’d lose control over the build and have to pay NTP rent for ever.

After receiving 288 pages of submissions and hearing 27 submitters – nearly all in opposition – hearing panel councillors Cox, White and Ferguson recommended halting the build to first investigate other sites.

But somewhere en route to council’s agenda, their investigation’s scope was seriously reduced. Panel chair Lyal Cox, taking part by zoom from his car, acknowledged there had been various iterations from staff since the panel’s original report. The resultant recommendation was for a very limited update of information on the Stanley Street site, to compare “with similar information for an alternate site.” Councillors instead unanimously voted for Cr Gavin Bartlett’s amendment, reverting to the panel’s original, broader investigation – of different sites.

Three council-owned Frankton Flats sites raised by submitters – none of which had been identified by Project Manawa’s staff team – would be cheaper, more central and without JV or freeholding complications. Persistent questioning by Cr Bartlett finally saw council CEO Mike Theelen admit that neither JV nor community reserve sell-offs were a project prerequisite, as already pointed out by several submitters.

Crs Niki Gladding and Esther Whitehead called for greater detail on land swap costs, JV terms, and implications before committing to either, saying it would be irresponsible to commit future councils to proposals and costs they knew little about. Other Councillors didn’t agree. Mayor Glyn Lewers used his casting vote to push through the huge land exchange proposal that would freehold about half the reserve, allowing 14m high commercial buildings enveloping stairs, retail alleys and one small “plaza” – the total public open space proposed. Crs Bartlett, Gladding, Smith, Tucker, Whitehead and Wong voted against. Councillors put a temporary hold on the JV partnership with NTP, but left it as a future possibility, subject to Theelen’s review.

There is no money in draft council budgets for the office building for at least seven years. None at all for community facilities. And no guarantee money made from flogging the reserves will be used for these purposes. Cr Cody Tucker summarised many submitters’ views, saying Project Manawa was overly managed towards a predetermined conclusion, nullifying the point of consultation, and aggravating community mistrust with another open-ended, Queenstown-centric JV.

Our councillors have pushed to ensure proper analysis of alternative sites. Now let’s see that council staff do so


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Contractors began the work to fell 33 trees, 29 shrubs and a hedge alongside State Highway 6 at Frankton Golf Course early on Monday morning, signalling the start of the $250 million NZUP road improvement project. Full report on p4 and p5



Wakatipu’s Gardens + Galleries triples take

Wakatipu Plunket more than tripled the money it raises from its annual Garden Tour weekend, by introducing a novel ‘arts alliance’ into the event. Plunket’s first partnership with the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society (ACAS) saw a greatly boosted $30,000 profit. “We had high hopes when we talked with ACAS about building out the gardens weekend by adding a significant arts component,” says Wakatipu Plunket’s Elessa Impey. “But the result was even better than we’d hoped for.” ACAS added gallery shows and artists’ talks to a further expanded garden tour itinerary, with the result that ticket buyers had a choice of 26 venues and events to enjoy during early February. “Every dollar of the money they’ve helped raise stays here in the Wakatipu, helping the mothers, children, and carers we support,” Impey says.

QLDC events funding opens

Queenstown Lakes District Council’s annual events funding round has opened, for both commercial and community-level events. Some of last year’s funding recipients included Queenstown Marathon, Warbirds over Wanaka, Arrowtown Autumn Festival, Wao Summit, and a wide range of smaller-scale events. QLDC Relationship Manager Arts and Events Jan Maxwell says QLDC remains committed to supporting a balanced portfolio and welcomes applications for both new and returning events. “This year our aim is to support events that have clear goals in place to improve environmental sustainability, including opportunities for waste minimisation and reducing carbon emissions.” Other key factors in assessing applications include economic impact, event diversity, positive community benefits, and financial sustainability. A new application platform has been launched to make it easier for event organisers to apply online, at www.qldc.govt.nz/ community-funding. Applications close Tuesday, 30 April.

Police name victim

The driver killed in an horrific crash on Cromwell-Clyde Highway late last month was Cromwell teenager Kelan Michael Ray Stroud. The 17-year-old died in what is believed to be a head-on smash with a 10-tonne truck, at around 6.35am on Wednesday, 27 March. Police released his identity over the weekend. “Police extend our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time,” a police spokesperson says. Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing. The driver of the oncoming truck, headed towards Cromwell, escaped with only a minor injury. The surrounding stretch of SH8, the main road between Queenstown and Dunedin, was closed until 4pm that day.

Have you seen this ute?

Queenstown Police are asking anyone who saw a Mitsubishi Triton Ute, rego FYZ871, driving in Hanley’s Farm estate during the early hours of Sunday, 31 March, to come forward with information. They are also urging residents, particularly on Lincoln Road, Howden Drive, Barn Road, Woolshed Road, Drysdale Road and Plough Street, to check their CCTV cameras for any footage of this vehicle at around 3.30am to 5.50am. “Police are currently speaking with the vehicle’s owner in relation to a motor vehicle collision incident,” a spokesperson says. “However, Police believe that additional information from the public will assist further with their enquiries.” Contact Police on 105 quoting file number 240331/6283 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.


Victoria Wynn


Queenstown cosmetic tattoo artist Victoria Wynn, who’s renowned for her natural and enhancing approach to brow tattooing, has been honoured with the prestigious title of Best Brow Tattooist in New Zealand 2024, at the New Zealand Blushed Cosmetic Tattoo Conference.

Victoria’s win at this highly-regarded event underscores her exceptional talent and dedication to the art of cosmetic tattooing. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she made Queenstown her home eight years ago and has since been making waves in the cosmetic tattoo industry.

A natural and subtle approach to brow tattooing

Victoria firmly believes that a wellexecuted brow tattoo should seamlessly blend with an individual’s features, enhancing their natural beauty without appearing artificial or overdone. This philosophy has consistently guided her work, setting her apart in the industry and earning her widespread acclaim from clients and peers alike.

International recognition and influence

Victoria’s innovative approach to cosmetic tattooing has not only earned her the title of the best in New Zealand but has also led to invitations to speak at international and national conferences, where she shares her expertise and techniques with fellow cosmetic tattoo artists. For the past four years, she’s served as an international trainer, traveling to Australia, the United States, England and Ireland, to impart her unique style of tattooing to aspiring artists.

And her influence extends beyond training and speaking engagements. She’s also one of 50 artists worldwide to be a part of the prestigious World Evenflo Tattoo Team, a privilege that allows her to test new pigments and machines for the USbased company before they hit the market. Her involvement in shaping the future of cosmetic tattooing underscores her status as an industry leader and trendsetter.

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Where to find Victoria Wynn

Victoria works in NZ from October to June each year, mainly at two locations, Antidote Pharmacy in Queenstown Central and Uykio Salon in Wānaka.

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Four-year project gets moving

Keep the traffic flowing.

That’s one of the main aims for the team behind Queenstown’s now-$250 million State Highway 6 improvement project, which includes a full redesign of one of South Island’s busiest junctions.

Some 44,000 vehicles use the BP roundabout on a peak day. Over the next four years, it will be replaced by a traffic lights-managed intersection, with all approaches extensively remodelled, and the nearby bus station revamped and expanded.

Construction manager Mark Townsley says traffic engineers have sequenced the work to ensure traffic can flow in all directions as much as possible throughout the project.

“We’re going to move the main roundabout twice [during construction], but it’s going to be the same size, with the same traffic lanes going in and out,” he says.

“It won’t make the traffic flow through the intersection any worse than it is today. Granted, that’s not great, but we can’t make it better in the temporary state, that comes at the end.”

Townsley says the engineers have been using sensors to measure how long it takes for vehicles to pass through the junction.

“We’ll continue to monitor that through the construction, so we can make any tweaks and adjustments needed.”

Work began at 5am on Monday with the felling of trees on Frankton Golf Course, opposite the bus station, which, somewhat ironically, required SH6 to be closed for one hour between the BP roundabout and Lucas Place, near Queenstown Airport. The road was also due to be closed 5am-6am Tuesday. And, this coming Monday, 15 April, SH6 between the roundabout and Joe O’Connell Drive, the Queenstown Events Centre turnoff, will also be closed 5am-6am. In all cases, the detour is through Remarkables Park, along Hawthorne Drive.

But, for the first 18 months of the project disruption should be minimal, as the majority of the work will take place off the highway.

As Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency remodels roads, this time as part of Kā Huanui a Tāhuna, the Whakatipu Transport Programme Alliance, it also updates and relocates utilities services - power, gas, fibre and water pipes. That’s all included in the cost of the project, through central government funding.

This includes a 1.4metre-diametre water pipe, while further into the project the overhead power cables will be undergrounded (see timeline). More time to plan this one

Kā Huanui a Tāhuna, which includes Waka Kotahi, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Beca, WSP, Downer New Zealand and Fulton Hogan, is also behind the calamitous Queenstown Arterial Road Project, which has cost $128m, some $40m over its original budget, with the overspend picked up by ratepayers.

Work on the 1km road began back in 2019. It was one of then-PM Jacinda Ardern’s pandemic-inspired ‘Shovel Ready’ schemes, with Central Government pledging $50m towards the cost of the non-state highway road.

Townsley is confident the SH6 project, known officially as the Queenstown NZ Upgrade Programme, won’t face the same issues.

“We’ve had more time to design and more time to plan,” he says, “and that gives me greater confidence with the project construction timeframes and the construction budget.

“With the downtown project, it was right at the beginning [of the pandemic]. The Crown infrastructure money came in, to get things moving because tourism had died off. It was very rushed. That’s the big difference between the two.”

Minister doubles budget to $250m

Transport Minister Simeon Brown, in Frankton on Thursday to turn the first sod, confirmed the Government has upped the budget for the SH6 project from its original $113m to an eye-watering $250m.

Brown says the original programme was not properly costed by the previous Labour Government.

“Ultimately, the Government is committed to this project,” Brown says. “We want to see it delivered. We know the significant benefits around efficiency and productivity of this critical roading connection need to happen.

“And so we made the call to keep this project moving. We’ve put more money into it but we’ve made it very clear as well, we expect it delivered on time and within budget.”

The aim of the whole project is to improve traffic flow along SH6 and SH6A, between Frankton and Lake Hayes, in particular to provide better road conditions for buses and active travel.

The Government has already faced criticism for what was perceived as a car-focused draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport, unveiled in early March.

“I totally reject that criticism. I mean, we have allocated up to $2.3 billion in the GPS for public transport services, up to $2.1bn for public transport infrastructure. We’ve actually got a proud record of delivering public transport infrastructure under previous National governments. So we’ll continue to make those investments. This project has public transport benefits as part of it.”

The project would address pinch points in Queenstown’s road network and unlock housing along Ladies Mile, where 2,400 units are planned, he says. But there are no immediate plans to replace the Shotover bridge.

“The local council will put forward what they think [is] needed as part of their Regional Land Transport Plan, which will feed into the National Land Transport programme.

“We’re not here to make calls on what particular projects should be in or out. Ultimately, that work we’ll be done by the New Zealand Transport Agency board, assessing the needs across New Zealand.”

Still, Queenstown’s MP Joseph Mooney planned to drive the Minister around Queenstown on Thursday afternoon, to show him some potential projects.

Foundational project

NZTA Principal Transport Planner Tony Sizemore says it’s always going to be a challenge for the network to meet the demands of Queenstown’s growth.

“We’re not able to keep ahead of it, we just have to try and manage it as best we can.”

NZUP is a “foundational” project for a multi-modal approach to meeting that demand, including public transport and active travel - biking and walking. Sizemore says with the traffic lights, the Wellington Traffic Operations Centre will be able to balance the flow of traffic, managing the fluctuation in demand in various directions, such as the morning and afternoon flow to skifields.

From left, Ngāi Tahu kaiwhakahaere (chairman) Justin Tipa, Queenstown’s MP Joseph Mooney, Transport Minister Simeon Brown and Queenstown Mayor Glyn Lewers at the sod-turn ceremony Waka Kotahi’s Tony Sizemore, left, and Kā Huanui a Tāhuna construction manager Mark Townsley

The Frankton

Stage One - April 2024 to spring 2025

Tree felling on Frankton Golf Course, which began on Monday, followed by installation of a new 1.4m-diameter stormwater pipe, the relocation of gas, fibre and other utilities, and undergrounding of power lines near Gray and McBride Sts. The golf course entrance will be moved. There will be no active works on the state highway during daytime hours, so limited impact on traffic. Some 124 trees will be felled over the whole project, with natives replanted.

Stage Two - spring 2025 onwards

Construction moves onto the state highway. Excavation of the new state highway at the golf course corner begins. The existing BP roundabout will remain and continue to manage traffic. SH6 traffic will move closer to the Frankton Cemetery, so two lanes of traffic can continue during construction. Utilities replacement continues. Construction of the intersection at Joe O’Connell Drive (Queenstown Events Centre) will begin. Bus operations will continue as usual. Gray and McBride Street intersection roads and footpaths will be rebuilt.

Stage Three - winter 2026 to summer 2027

The new state highway at the golf course corner will be complete, and traffic will shift onto this. The BP roundabout will continue to manage all intersection traffic. Northern-side of SH6 (near Frankton Cemetery) and SH6A (Frankton Rd) are excavated and rebuilt. Construction starts on the new bus hub, which will occur in stages so operations can continue.

Stage Four - summer 2027 to spring 2028

Traffic shifts onto the northern side of both SH6 and SH6A. BP roundabout will be deconstructed and replaced with a temporary roundabout located near the Frankton Cemetery, so traffic flow is maintained. The southern side of SH6A is excavated and rebuilt. Bus hub work continues, with operations temporarily moved towards Ross St.

Stage Five - spring to winter 2028

The whole intersection, roads and bus hub are operational. New traffic islands and finishing works will occur overnight with traffic lights one of the last elements of the project to turn on.


Ladies Mile

Construction of the new roundabout at the turn-off from SH6

Ladies Mile to Howards Drive, towards Lake Hayes Estate, is expected to begin during the latter stages of the Frankton project, so 2027 onwards. The roundabout will be similar to those at Stalker Road, Hawthorne Drive and Grant Road. All will eventually be controlled by traffic lights, along with various pedestrian crossings along the route. There will be five sets initially but 18 when later phases are completed.

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LWB regularly polls locals on issues affecting our region. This week’s responses are below.

Do you think it's crazy that supermarkets in Queenstown could open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday while those in Wānaka were not permitted to open?

Both areas should have the same rules - 93%

Agree with the ruling - 6%

Unsure | don’t know - 1%

Do you think spending nearly $500,000 to kill a male stoat on Chalky Island in Fiordland to keep it predator-free is a worthwhile investment? No Yes

Yes - 36%

No - 35%

Unsure - 29%

After a record road toll over Easter, do you think drivers get more frustrated and take more risks on the road during holiday periods?

Agree - 68%

Disagree - 18%

Unsure | Don’t know - 14%

Are you planning on attending LUMA this year over King's Birthday weekend?

No - 41%

Definitely - 29%

Unsure - 30% No Yes

How long have you lived in the area?

More than 10 years - 60%

Five to 10 years - 25%

Under five years - 11%

I don’t live in the area permanently - 4%

There were 195 respondents this week.

If you would like to take part: you can sign up on the LWB Facebook page.

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Meth and weapons

A 53-year-old Dunedin man is facing nine charges, including possession of methamphetamine, utensils for that, possession of cannabis, and unlawful possession of two firearms including a sawn off 12-gauge shotgun, after being pulled up for allegedly speeding on Frankton Road in the early hours of 30 March. Community and Youth Constable Amanda Shute says the man was allegedly driving at about 90km per hour in the 70km per hour zone. When stopped Police allegedly noticed a full shotgun cartridge in the footwell, and a sawn-off shotgun and another unloaded shotgun elsewhere in the vehicle. “Neither the man, nor his male passenger, held a firearms licence and a search of the vehicle was carried out,” Shute says. Police also allegedly found a quantity of methamphetamine, cannabis, drug utensils, and a number of offensive weapons, including a wooden baton, screwdriver, metal chisel, a fold-out knife, scissors and an axe. The man has been remanded in custody to appear in court at a later date.

Bar brawl

A brawl broke out at a local residential bar about 5pm on 30 March after an alleged disagreement arose when a man’s unleashed dog began fighting with another dog outside. Police were called to the brawl and upon arrival everyone had been separated and the two main aggressors had left, Shute says. A 55-year-old man was later arrested and charged with assault with intent to injure and made his first appearance in the Queenstown District Court on 2 April. “The incident is alleged to have begun after the offender’s friend’s unleashed dog began fighting with the victim’s dog.”

Hostility at hostel

A 48-year-old North Island man, who was a bit worse for wear at 5.45am on 28 March, was issued with a trespass notice after allegedly causing a disturbance at a local backpackers’ hostel. Police attended and the man was issued with a trespass notice and removed, however, he returned 15 minutes later and was subsequently arrested by Police, Shute says. He will face a charge of wilful trespass in the Queenstown District Court on 12 April.

Easter drinking driving

Five drivers were stopped by Police locally for driving with excess breath alcohol levels over the Easter weekend. A 22-year-old Queenstown woman allegedly blew a breath alcohol level of 555mcg and a 52-yearold Queenstown man blew 535mcg. They’re both due to appear in the Queenstown District Court on 12 April. Infringement notices were issued to the three other drivers, whose breath alcohol levels were between 250mcg and 400mcg. They were each fined $200. Otago Lakes Central area road policing manager Sergeant Steve Watt says that for most of the Easter break behaviour on our roads was good, with people showing patience and care, especially given the heavy volume of traffic around the area. “Unfortunately, there were still some motorists who continued to speed and exhibit poor decision making, putting other road users at risk,” Watt says. “Whether our roads are busy or not, we encourage everyone to drive to the conditions and look after each other by sticking to the rules.”

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The Council Word

Funding for events and community groups

Applications for three different Council funds open in April along with the launch of our new online application platform:

> QLDC Events Fund – closes 30 April.

> QLDC Community Fund – closes 7 May.

> QLDC Waste Minimisation Community Fund –open 15 April-17 May.

Find out more at qldc.govt.nz/community-funding

Have your say on creativity & culture

A draft Creativity & Culture Strategy for the district is open for community feedback until 19 April. To ensure it truly reflects our people and places, everyone is encouraged to jump online and take the survey at letstalk.qldc.govt.nz

Anzac Day opening hours

Council offices and libraries will be closed as we commemorate Anzac Day on Thursday 25 April. Swimming pools and other facilities at Queenstown Events Centre and Wānaka Recreation Centre will be open 1.00-8.00pm, and Paetara Aspiring Central from 1.00-5.00pm.

Join the local Eid celebrations

Our Muslim community is inviting everyone along to celebrate Eid al-Fitr – the festival marking the end of Ramadan. It’s an opportunity for family and friends to share traditional meals and sweets, and there’ll be games for kids too. From 11.00am-4.00pm, Saturday 13 April at Queenstown Events Centre, Frankton.

Crown Range delays

Roading contractors are making trips over the Crown Range safer by undertaking rock scaling from 9-12 April. The work is between bridges 4 & 5. There’ll be ten-minute delays every half hour from 8.30am, plus stop/go in place at all other times until approx. 4.30pm. Please allow extra time for your journey between these times.

Arts funding

Got a creative idea or arts project and need funding support? Grants of up to $2,000 are available from the Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme (CLASS). For more info and an application form visit qldc.govt.nz/community-funding

Alcohol licence applications

All recently lodged alcohol licence applications are on our website. Any objections must be made within 15 working days of the public notice being published. Visit qldc.govt.nz/services/alcohol-licensing


Miranda Spary is a tired, old, has been columnist that we feel sorry for. She used to write a weekly book column in the old Queenstown Times which was read more for the local gossip in it than the book part. She is quite lazy and very grateful if readers send in ideas about what’s been happening locally on miranda@queenstown.co.nz

I was hoping to write this column without mentioning any idiocies but honestly $250 million for traffic lights and other nonsense???? - with that amount of money we could have at least 100 electric buses buzzing to every part of the Wakatipu, with toll booths in and out of Queenstown that would solve the parking AND traffic problem, and we would probably have spare change to build a brilliant arts and culture centre. Really, WHO dreams up this madness? I’d love to know and I would call the men in white coats to take him (I’m sure it’s a man) away.

A propos of strange male thinking, I’m thinking of buying a new calendarI’ll fill it in with what actually happened instead of the ever wrong one that tells me what was meant to happen. My husband is to blame for the constant change - it makes life extremely exciting, if exhausting. He’s away for a week and I tried my darnedest to sadden my face and say “I’ll miss you” at the airport, but it came out as “I need a break, anyway!” and apparently I skipped away far too cheerfully.

Easter has been full of surprises, not least seeing what an Easter egg hunt with only little girls looks like. Nobody cried or pushed or even seemed particularly keen on getting the most eggs. They danced and laughed and shared their eggs if someone didn’t have so many. We were always a very boy heavy household, and this was our first experience of a girls only hunting expedition.

Easter’s also been a surprise catching up with so many friends who’ve been a big part of the Queenstown landscape. The Gardos family bought the NOMAD building in Earl Street when it was first built. In 1956 Nick Gardos swam across the Danube to escape the Communists and ended up being sent to Australia where he was made to build fences out in the desert. He kept telling the Oz govt that he was better at officey type work, and finally they agreed and he became an enormously successful property developer there, and then in QT. He was a lovely man and it was great to see his son Rob here. Also back in the Basin are Rémi and Mania Galosso - a wonderful fun couple (he put the undersea internet cable (I’m sure there’s a more accurate description of it than that) to USA and Australia) - fingers crossed they’ll be back here for good.

As for good, I went to a meeting facilitated by Amanda Woolridge. It was for the community arts and culture strategy. My heart sank when I saw the sign saying it was a hui - I had too long dealing with the Ministry of Education with their endless huis, and not enough educational info, but this one was efficient and some great ideas came out. I started learning Te Reo in 1990 first because it was compulsory as a teacher, and then because I really enjoyed it, but I do think there’s not enough consideration given to people who DON’T speak it, and to people who don’t have time or courage to try learning a new language. New Zealanders are spectacularly weak in learning other languages, and as a trading nation, I wish all our young people would learn even a little about the languages of our trading partners. As for the arts and culture website which has the completely forgettable title of TE WAHI TOI (it’s not going to be able to be guessed by very many as the way to find out what fun cultural happenings are on this week in the district) BUT everyone who wants more happenings do please go to the letstalk.qldc.govt.nz and tell them quickly (19 April is cutoff) what you think should happen on the culture front.

By the way, I do love men but they are most unusual creatures…


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Love Queenstown & Wānaka kicks into gear

Local charitable organisations who work in the environmental sector can now apply for grants of between $5,000 - $10,000 to support their work, with the first funding round of the Love Queenstown and Love Wānaka Community Funds now open.

Launching in April 2023, Love Queenstown and Love Wānaka were the first initiatives to come to life from the region’s Destination Management Plan, Travel to a Thriving Future.

The aim is to accelerate local environmental efforts, connecting visitors and businesses across the visitor industry with opportunities to contribute to projects of value in the Queenstown-Lakes region.

Some $75,000 has been raised across the district in year one. Ash Bickley Community Fund Coordinator says these initiatives have the capacity to grow and contribute to our region over time.

“In just one year we’ve formed a number of key partnerships and have had some great support from the tourism industry, with businesses big and small contributing both financially and in-kind.

“Beyond this, it’s been incredible to develop a connection with our nonprofit sector, coming to understand the challenges and the opportunities our region faces, and how tourism can play a role in positively enhancing our rohe (region)”.

A particular highlight from year one was the Love Queenstown planting days, held in partnership with the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust and Mana Tāhuna. Over 250 volunteers from across the industry gave their time to plant 4,000+ native seedlings in just six months, accelerating native revegetation efforts and supporting the work of these two charitable organisations.

Visitors have also contributed, with the likes of Siddartha’s Intent NZ and GOOD Travel supporting local environmental mahi (work) with generous contributions to Love Wānaka.

Visitors across Queenstown and Wānaka are also invited to volunteer their time, with the platforms operating as hubs for local volunteer opportunities

and events, as well as providing information on sustainable and low-impact travel.

“This is a project for our community and for our place, with the intention to create opportunities for our visitor industry to support a regenerative approach and accelerate the efforts of local groups who operate in this space,” says Destination Queenstown CE Mat Woods.

“These funds represent a groundbreaking collaboration, a New Zealand first, with our Regional Tourism Organisations…demonstrating the potential for replication across the country” says Jennifer Belmont CEO and founding trustee of the Wakatipu Community Foundation.

The inaugural Love Wānaka and Love Queenstown funding round is open from 4 April – 16 May. Charitable organisations who operate in the local environmental sector can apply online now via www.loveqt.co.nz/community-group-support or www.lovewanaka.co.nz/for-community

Love Queenstown volunteers at a recent planting day at Slope Hill Recreation Reserve


A captivating night of piano

Award-winning Belgium-based pianist and composer, Daniel Verstappen, is coming to Queenstown for a one-off performance. His Reconnection tour has crossed Europe, Australia, USA and other parts of Aotearoa, and in Queenstown he will also host a special piano masterclass.

Verstappen started to play music at around five years old and quickly fell in love with the piano. He gained his Masters in Music degree at the prestigious Belgian music academy Lemmensinstitute. He plays music that can be described as classical crossover – introducing modern techniques and sounds to his classical training. He has performed at the Night Of The Proms, with world-famous artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Morricone, Anastacia, Amy MacDonald, Wyclef Jean, Angie Stone, and Chaka Khan.

His tour comes off the back of his latest album release, Reconnection, which aims to connect generations with each other and build bridges between cultures. It was created during the pandemic and spreads a message of reconnecting again in this new world.

“For me, connecting my music with people is what makes me happy,” Verstappen says. “That’s my passion. I’ve played the piano since I was five years old, first to express my emotions – because the piano is my soulmate." Verstappen, 33, wrote the album when he was 30 and describes it as a very important moment in his career and his life. He’ll be coming to New Zealand fresh off the back of performing at the Sydney Opera House.

“I’m very happy that I can now bring this to a place that’s a beautiful place that I never thought would happen – my focus was always on Sydney and Auckland. I felt there was some appreciation for my music and a lot of interest in New Zealand, I feel that the people there are so warm already, so I’m very excited to come over.”

He first scheduled a show at The Piano in Christchurch and wanted to make the most of his time here. After seeing some photos of Queenstown and learning more about it, he was delighted to be able to fit in a wee trip down here. He loves to create a bridge between himself and the local community, which is why he’s both holding a masterclass here and having one of the pianists from the class perform with him for the concert – they’ll be playing a piece that he wrote for his new album that requires four hands.

The piano masterclass will give those in attendance the opportunity to work directly with Verstappen. Queenstown is the only spot in New Zealand that he’ll be offering this opportunity. It will focus on technique, performance for concerts or exams, posture, rhythm and more.

“At the masterclass, everyone is free to bring what they want – so they can bring a piece they would like to work on. Of course, time is limited, so I will be focusing more on stage performance and technique. I can speak from experience because I’m classically trained and I’m a performer and composer – if you want to perform for an audience, technique is the most important part. It needs to be very controlled because if something happens during a performance, you can get lost but if your technique is good than you can figure it out in the moment.”

Verstappen goes on to explain that the next step is how you present yourself and the importance of the audience understanding the person behind the music. He’ll also focus on both mentally and physically preparing for performance.

The Queenstown show will be a more intimate affair with Verstappen playing acoustically. There will be guest appearances from two local rising music stars, Rachel Yoo and Elton Leatherbarrow.

Daniel Verstappen will perform his captivating show at Te Atamira on Wednesday, 17 April, at 7pm. His piano masterclass will take place at 1pm that same day. To pick up tickets or find out more information about the performance or class, head to teatamira.nz or danielverstappen.com

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Wao Green Drinks: Becoming a B CorpBalancing Purpose, Planet & Profit

New Zealand is fast becoming one of the B Corp hotspots around the globe. It’s a certification for businesses looking to balance purpose, planet and profit. B Corps use the power of business to do more than seek profit. Wao’s Green Drinks for April is at Greenhawk Accounting, for networking and a conversation with some newly-certified and soonto-be-certified B Corp businesses. Among the panelists are Kelly Brown (Greenhawk), Zoe Hawkins (Brand + Butter), Steve Wootton (Taylor Pass Honey) and Nadia Ellis (currently doing her Masters thesis). Certification is a journey and we wanted to unpick a little more about the steps businesses needed to take to become certified and the reason why they’ve gone down this path. Tickets $5, book online at humantix.

When: Thursday, 11 April, 5pm-6.30pm

Where: Greenhawk Chartered Accountants Offices, 91 Sir Tim Wallis Drive, Wānaka

Community Planting Days

Every autumn Whakatipu Reforestation Trust invites the community to help plant native trees and shrubs at local keystone sites. Since 2015, over 80,000 natives have been planted throughout the Whakatipu Basin. The sites are thriving examples of successful ecological restoration, providing habitat and food for our native birds, insects and invertebrates. The trusts vision is to create wildlife corridors that will attract native birds, lizards and invertebrates back into the basin, significantly enhancing the biodiversity of the region. All planting days are drop-in style, just come along and bring gardening gloves, a shovel (if you have one), sturdy footwear, water, sunscreen and a hat. For more information check out the trust’s Facebook page. The first volunteer community planting day in autumn 2024.

When: Saturday, 13 April, 9am - noon

Where: Lake Hayes Pavilion. Parking at Lake Hayes Pavilion

Eid Al-Fitr Festival

The Muslim community is inviting for the first time the wider community to attend Eid Al-Fitr, the name for the festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is a time for everyone to come together with family and friends to celebrate, exchange greetings and share festive meals and sweets. Not to confuse with Iftar which is the fastbreaking evening meal that occurs day during Ramadan. More than 150 persons represent the Muslim community of our district, they mainly come from Fiji, Indonesia, Singapore Pakistani, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Palestine and others. Everyone is welcome to this free event organised by Lakes District Muslim Development Centre and Queenstown Islamic Centre.

When: Saturday, 13 April, 11am - 4pm

Where: Queenstown Events Centre, Joe O’Connell Drive, Frankton

Remarkables Market

Just two Saturdays left in this season to explore the range of fresh local produce, crafts, coffee and local hot and cold food on offer at Remarkables Park. There is easy access and free parking as well as picnic tables and picnic rugs. Set in stunning landscaped grounds, a playground and sandpit keep the younger ones entertained while live music creates a great atmosphere. Sustainability is at the heart of Remarkables Market, bring your keep cup or borrow one of ours!

When: Saturdays until 20 April from 9am - 2pm

Where: Corner Red Oaks and Hawthorne Drive, Remarkables Park, Frankton

Catalyst Trust presents - US foreign policy – possibilities of a Trump 2.0?

Although incumbents have a huge structural advantage in US presidential politics, Donald Trump looms large over the 2024 American election. What might this mean for US foreign policy? And in turn, what might that mean for New Zealand? These are among questions United States Study Centre CEO and professor Dr Michael Green will canvas at Catalyst Trust’s Kōrero. Dr Green says Trump’s focus during a second term would be on retribution against the US Department of Justice and other agencies that he thinks crossed him. His core staff would push for draconian immigration policies. Climate policies would grind to a halt at the federal level. And his foreign policy? Come along to the Catalyst Kōrero to find out…A free event but register online at humantix. Please bring cash for your koha, which will be given to Happiness House.

When: Monday, April 15, 6pm - 7.30pm

Where: The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s conference room

Speedcubing Competition - South Island Championship 2024

Speedcubing is a competitive sport involving solving a range of twisty puzzles, such as the famous Rubik’s Cube, as quickly as possible. If you want to compete in the SI champs register on the website by 14 April and pay the registration fees. This competition is open to all competitors regardless of age, experience or skill. No prior experience in WCA competitions is necessary. Spectating is free. More information and the schedule can be found online at worldcubeassociation.org/competitions/NZSouthIslandChampionship2024

When: Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April, 9am - 6.30pm

Where: Queenstown Memorial Centre, 1 Memorial Drive, Queenstown

Basketball Clinic

Get professionally trained by Andre Moore, a former NBA, NBL European and South American basketball pro. Sessions includes skills training, conditioning drills and games. Suitable for ages five and up. Andre Moore’s Basketball clinic, $70 single day or $120 for a two-day programme. For more information email tim@ ctbs.net.au

When: Saturday 13 April and Sunday 14 April, 11am – 3pm

Where: Cromwell College, Barry Avenue, Cromwell

Terrible Sons Autumn Tour

Sailing into luminous folk-pop waters with their latest album ‘The Raft Is Not the Shore’, Ōtautahi Terrible Sons are playing on a special one year anniversary tour for their new record, and bringing it to Queenstown. Songwriters Lauren and Matt Barus (who are married) will play as a duo and will be joined by fellow traveller Ryan Fisherman whose latest collection Country EMO has been turning heads with its rustic catchiness. Named after a Buddhist parable and meaning ‘the idea to hold your beliefs lightly’, join Terrible Sons and Ryan Fisherman at the Sherwood. Tickets on sale at www.terriblesons.com

When: Friday, 12 April

Where: Sherwood, 554 Frankton Road

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She was there when the first parapenters landed in the playground, at the helm in the search for the stolen school bell, and consoling children when Wicky the school cat ate a classroom’s pet mice and goldfish.

In more than 40 years of teaching, mostly new entrants, 26 years at Queenstown Primary, Sandy Cochrane’s warm and bright positivity has wiped away many a tiny tot’s tear.

Retired and living in Rolleston nearer family these past five years, Sandy and husband of 55 years Podge Cochrane, long-time Queenstown School caretaker, are planning to move back here where Podge was born and bred. Sandy has seen many changes in education since she started out at Newfield Primary School in Invercargill, fresh out of Dunedin Teacher’s College, aged 19. “I had 30 kids in my class and the following year, at 20, I had 40 crammed in,” she recalls. “The school inspector came in and couldn’t find me amongst them all.”

Raised in Invercargill, Sandy treasures memories of holidays at the family crib in Te Anau, leaping over the dozens of lakefront boatsheds. Theatre became her thing during Tweedsmuir Intermediate years, eventually starring alongside veteran broadcaster Dick Weir on the James Hargest High School stage.

Podge and Sandy began dating at high school where Sandy was a prefect and after a five-year romance, married when she was 21. Teaching has always been her passion and after living in Central Southland and teaching at Hokonui Primary School, husband Podge scored a job as Queenstown Motor Park manager in 1987 and they moved here.

“I taught first at Arrowtown Primary and absolutely loved it. Then Mel Gazzard (principal) asked me at a course one day if I wanted the Queenstown assistant principal’s job. I was stunned.” That led to the deputy principal’s role and many happy memories with fantastic staff, kids, and parents. Sandy was known for going the extra mile, taking five-year-olds on school camps handy to town and on one occasion sleeping overnight in the huge school fair marquee with Podge to guard the masses of gear donated for the giant white elephant stall. “Never again! We had people snooping round on their way home at night and security guards shining torches at us.”

American and Asian tourists regularly stopped to chat to the children in the playground and take their photos in more laidback times. That then progressed to commercial parapenters landing clients in the playground in a nice side earner for the school. Novel at first with teachers taking the children out to meet the parapente clients, the kids soon became ‘quite ho-hum’ about it and barely looked up. “Not many schools had that happen,” laughs Sandy. “On occasion they’d land in a tree, and one landed on the library roof with a thud once.”

Even more alarming was the mystery disappearance of the school’s huge, historic, cast-iron bell - a precious local artefact from the early lake steamer, the Ben Lomond. The thieves removed the huge bell and smuggled it offshore. It was eventually located in Australia and returned to the school. “Podge made sure it was super secure and bolted down after that.” Meantime, a new bell, the last to be cast at a Dunedin foundry in 2006, had been crafted and remained in another spot – Chris Parvin writing a children’s book about that. In another unsolved school whodunnit, office turtle Tefa, mysteriously disappeared from her terrarium for many days then suddenly reappeared. “The kids were devastated as both the bell, and the turtle, were part of their school day.”

On another occasion lessons of a different kind were needed when Sandy sent a five-year-old to the shared schools’ dental clinic with a message for the nurse. St Joseph’s children were waiting to be seen. “He came charging back and said, ‘I ain’t goin in there! It’s full of them Kafflick kids!’”

Sandy’s long been an advocate for single cell classrooms and is encouraged they’re coming back in, while truancy levels these days astound her. “Those children are not getting a good start in life.” One of her biggest challenges in life has been ensuring children work and strive to their full potential. “It’s up to us to bring that out of them,” she says.

A life member of Showbiz Queenstown, Sandy was secretary to the first professional director hired for Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat in 1988. Shows were a Cochrane family affair, son Justin on stage and Podge building sets while Sandy kept the admin wheels turning for some 30 years.

Sandy and Podge have backpacked the globe, travelling overland through Europe in a VW Combi – 30,000 miles, and home through India and Nepal.

“We’ve ridden elephants, camels, and stayed in tree huts where monkeys pinched our soap.” They’ve seen more than 50 countries, ticking off Canada, Alaska, Africa, and the Mediterranean during retirement.

“We took a year off work and various terms. Mel encouraged it and thought it was something all teachers should do.”

Sandy, right, and Podge taking in the view after a hike at Governor’s Bay near Christchurch Sandy, top right, son Justin, centre, and Podge, below, during the HMS Pinafore production in Queenstown in 1991

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WHAKATIPU BEEKEEPERS SUPPORTING LOCAL BEEKEEPERS WITH SHARING knowledge, mentoring and maintaining best ractice. Most importantly a group of likeminded individuals who love bees. Meeting regularly, for more info or to join us whakatipubeekeepers@gmail.com

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POTTERY WORKSHOP - 10 DAY THROWING & glazing course in October 2024. Please email Di at Wyndrokpottery@xtra.co.nz for information

TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST FOR QUEENSTOWN BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour May 1 & 2, Check out Eventbrite or Queenstown Banff Film Fest on facebook for more details!

THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IS INVITING THE COMMUNITY to attend Eid Al-Fitr, that marks the end of Ramadan. , the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is a time for everyone to come together with family and friends to celebrate, exchange greetings and share festive meals and sweets. All are welcome to join on Saturday 13 April from 11am to 4pm at the Queenstown Events Centre.

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This position will deal with many aspects of the real estate listing and selling process & is based out of our successful Queenstown o ice.

The focus of this role is to support the Sales team (Agents) with all property listings including all aspects of administration.

NZSIR Administrators work as a team to support our o ices and salespeople across the country. This role would be working alongside our Queenstown Lead Administrator who will train and support you in this position.

The hours are part time, with flexibility up to 35 hours per week. We are open to discussion and would consider school hours.

To succeed in this role you will need to:

• Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and meticulous attention to detail

• Enjoy challenges & work well under pressure whilst being able to prioritise your workload

Other essential skills and attributes include:

•Ideally have a strong interest in real estate &/or a minimum of 12 months experience in a similar administration role

• Strong PC skills & a good knowledge of Microsoft software whilst also enjoy learning new systems

If you are confident in your administration abilities, please email your CV & covering letter to rachel.exell@nzsir.com

This is a part time permanent contract & we are ideally looking for the candidate to commence asap.

Staysouth.com Ltd. is a 7 day/week property management company managing boutique & individually owned luxury apartments and villas in and around Queenstown. We are a small team of key like-minded people who enjoy working with each other and we are looking to add to the team and recruit:

• A weekend “Reservations & Concierge” superstar

• A “Head of Housekeeping” to run our team of housekeepers and all housekeeping stock, linen and amenities

• A “Housekeeping Supervisor” with a keen eye for detail to work alongside our cleaners and help the Head of Housekeeping and the Operations Manager run a successful housekeeping team and maintain our properties to the highest of standards

All positions require you to be:

• Motivated, mature, reliable, honest, a hard and efficient worker with a keen eye for detail

• Able to work alone as well as within a team

• Able to communicate fluently in English – both verbal and written

• Able to work weekends

• Have a full driver’s license without restrictions or convictions

If you think any of the above could be a job for you and you are interested in applying or receiving more information; simply email a cover letter with your CV and an indication of which position you are interested in to sonya@staysouth.com


A position has become available for a Housekeeper at our small family operated motel on Frankton Road. 30 plus hours per week. Monday to Sunday with one rostered day off per week. $27.00 to $30.00 per hour.

Paid weekly.

Experience essencial. Physically fit as position involves bed making and light to on occasion moderate lifting. Position entails servicing and cleaning of motel rooms and common areas.

Please apply to the manager


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BrownsReal Estate Limited (licensed under the REAA 2008) MREINZ.


We are fortunate to have several interesting and exciting civil design and civil construction commissions ahead of us over the next 2 years. We seek motivated Engineers and Technicians to join our highly respected practice in the delivery of these projects. Projects are for significant public and private sector clients, and we want to hear from people interested in the following important roles:

Please email your CV and covering letter to kitchen@sasso.co.nz

Great Family French Bakery is waiting for you. We are looking for :

Great new family French Bakery is opening soon in Remarkables park shopping centre. We can offer you the possibility to learn more about french bread and pâtisserie.

Great new family French Bakery is opening soon in Remarkables park shopping centre. We can offer you the possibility to learn more about french bread and pâtisserie. You must be motivated, smily and friendly. You should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa We have a lot of option available for you. We are looking for cashiers, baristas, (assistant) bakers, (assistant) pastry and everyone else who want to take part of this new adventure.

Senior Civil Engineer – You will have a minimum of 5 years NZ consulting experience with design and contract management experience in land development, bulk earthworks, feasibility analysis, roading, master planning, hydraulics and infrastructure works in general. You must be familiar with all relevant codes and have demonstrated experience in successful project delivery. This is a position of responsibility within our firm and you will be responsible for client management, staff management and direction of individual projects.

Infrastructure Engineer – You will have a minimum of 2 years NZ experience in the design and construction of civil and infrastructure projects with knowledge of the Resource Consent process and relevant codes. You should be capable of working independently. You will be given the opportunity to manage projects with support from the existing team. This is an opportunity for a talented young engineer to accelerate their career path. This role would suit a recent graduate with some accumulated design and project experience who is looking for new and interacting challenges.

CAD Design Technician – You should be NZCE qualified or equivalent with a minimum of 2 years consultancy experience in engineering or surveying design. Experience in design documentation for civil/building projects and demonstrated experience in 3d software (12d or Civil 3D) and CAD is essential. There is the opportunity for project management and site management work within this role depending on your existing professional experience. Training will be provided to suitable applicants.

If you are looking to engineer things differently and enjoy Queenstown, get in touch. Flexible working conditions and top tier remuneration will be offered to suitable candidates.

To find out more about Hadleys, see www.hadleys.co.nz.

Apply in confidence to: Principal Hadley Consultants Ltd

PO Box 1356

Queenstown Ph: 03 450 2140 or email: jobs@hadleys.co.nz

Applications close Friday 19 April 2024.

We are currently seeking a licensed DUTY MANAGER wanting to take the next step...

All the usual requirements: must hold a valid work visa, speak fluent English and of course have a Duty Managers cert or being willing to obtain one.

Send CV’s to manager@smithscraftbeer.co.nz or apply in person and speak to Pat or Chris.

- Baker assistant (Making sandwiches, Baking goods, making products, cleaning,…)

Previous experience is preferred.

You must be motivated, smily and friendly. You should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. We have a lot of option available for you.

- Baker (Making and baking breads, making viennoiseries, mixing products, cleaning,…) Full time.

Previous experience is necessary.

We are looking for cashiers, baristas, (assistant) bakers, (assistant) pastry chefs and everyone else who want to take part of this new adventure.

Just let us know what you are capable of.

You must have legal right to work in New Zealand.

email : marion@maboulangerie.co.nz to apply or for further information

Just let us know what you are capable of.

Email : contact@maboulangerie.co.nz

Email: marion@maboulangerie.co.nz to apply or for further information

To apply or for further information


Southern Lakes Foundations is a Queenstown based foundation formwork company, operating in the Central Otago area including servicing Cromwell, Alexandra and Wanaka.

We have been in operation for over 8 years in the area and have a firm, trusted reputation for our quality foundations, professionalism and reliability.

We are looking for experienced formwork carpenters, specialising in foundation floors, to join our team.

The successful applicant will have a minimum of 6 years carpentry experience and minimum of 3 years in formwork carpentry. We are on the hunt for someone with proven experience in this area of construction.

Competitive rates will be paid to the right applicant.

Please email your CV and evidence of proven relevant experience to Carly at carly@southernlakesfoundations.co.nz


To work Monday-Friday as part of a team in a well-established company with good forward work.

Full time positions available.

Competitive wage rates or contract wage rates.

Trade Experience is preferred. No sponsorship available and must have a current work visa.

Contact Brett at brett.angleinteriors@xtra.co.nz or text 0273303083

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Receptionist Wanted

We have a great opportunity for a real estate expert to join Millbrook Realty Ltd, which is owned by Millbrook Country Club Ltd, the owner and operator of Millbrook Resort.


Set on 650 acres of lush green fairways, rolling hills and gentle streams, Millbrook Resort is an internationally acclaimed, luxury lifestyle resort. This rare opportunity has arisen in the Millbrook Realty team and we are seeking an exceptional salesperson to join a successful team that is dedicated to selling both re-sales of existing real estate and future property developments within the renown Millbrook Resort. Begin your Millbrook journey today. To read more about the role and apply, go to careers.millbrook.co.nz

Otautahi Tattoo Queenstown has a rare and exciting opportunity for a front of house receptionist (24-30 hours per week) to join our amazing team. We are an established and busy tattoo studio in the heart of Queenstown, looking for someone with a passion for tattoos and providing great customer service.

Position Responsibilities:

• Receptionist duties including answering online enquiries

• Customer service and sales

• Social media

• Taking and managing bookings

• General cleaning

Desired skills and experience:

• Minimum of one year experience working in a admin role

• Exceptional customer service skills and experience

• Excellent social media skills

• Great knowledge of all genres of tattoos

• Excellent organisational skills

• High standard of cleanliness and hygiene

• Computer literacy skills

Wages and days of work negotiable

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid work visa To apply, please send CV and cover letter to Vicky Jones Queenstown@otautahitattoo.com

Applications close 19th April

Chef/cook wanted for our Frankton cafe

Full-time hours for someone with at least 2 years cooking experience. Up to $29.66 per hour. Orders, training, food safety and sound technique required.

Cafe manager wanted for our Frankton cafe

Full-time, 2 years exp in busy cafe. Skilled in rosters, coffee, managing staff and good English required. Up to $29.66 per hour.

Front of House, Kitchenhand and Barista roles also available

Email Ed at odelaycafe@yahoo.co.nz

with resume Real estate agent

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• Great company culture • Fast-paced environment • Full-time, long-term position
• Monday – Friday only
• No previous experience required If you understand Service and have an exceptional work ethic then please get in touch. simon.ryder@harrisonbloy.co.nz
BARTENDER / MIXOLOGIST $27.99/hour Minimum 30hours/week Please contact:
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REQUIRED NOW!!!!!! Skilled and Unskilled Labourers Traffic Controllers Looking for casual, temporary or long term work?? Queenstown Personnel and Labour Hire are looking for labourers for a variety of jobs around Queenstown with an immediate start. Contact Sharleen - 027 778 7377 or email sharleen@qtplabour.co.nz
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Rental Operations Agent

We are currently recruiting for a Rental Operations Agent, based at our Queenstown Branch, full time basis. The main objective of this role is to ensure customers are dealt with efficiently and professionally and the service and vehicles presented to our customers are to the highest standards.


• Valid full Driving licence

• Previous relevant customer service experience

• Must be able to work in a team as well as off own initiative

• Computer proficient

• Fluent level of written and spoken English

• Previous experience in the rental industry advantage

• Full range of benefits and bonus

• Valid work visa. Sponsorship is not available at this time.

To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter to Christine Moore at Christine.moore@apexrentals.co.nz


We're on the hunt for talented Stylists to join our team. We have a busy salon and clients ready and waiting, must be up to date with current colour work. We are open 7 day's so hours will include weekend work.

Full-time and part-time positions available. Great wages and working conditions, short term and long term contracts available.


Duties include:

Reception, sales, cleaning, assistant to sta , looking a er clients. This is a busy roll and will include weekend work, full-time and part-time positions available.

Send your CV to salon@cuttingedgehairdesign.co.nz

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We are currently seeking a sales superstar to join our customer service team.

KJet is all about action and adrenaline! We are a company that’s passionate about our people and provide a fun, energetic working environment.


Selling the original Jet boat ride

Working outdoors by the lake

Being part of a young, fun and sociable crew

Great perks, awesome culture and a job where every day is different


Strong sales experience (minimum one-year)

Great customer service and the ability to multi-task

Knowledge of Ibis reservations systems (advantageous but not essential)

Full NZ Drivers Licence

Eligibility to work in New Zealand

KJet thrill customers year round, so this full-time position may include weekend and public holiday work.

Drop your CV to the Main Town Pier or email


Full Time Experienced Landscape Gardener Queenstown

We are looking for an experienced gardener to join our team. You will be knowledgeable in all aspects of garden maintenance and plant care, and happy to manage a crew. The successful applicant will be responsible for looking after a portfolio of prestigious clients in the Whakatipu Basin.

To apply, you will need:

• At least one year horticulture experience

• Care factor and enthusiasm

• A reliable, self-motivated work ethic

• To be eligible to work in NZ

• Own transport to get to and from our base in Arrowtown

• Full, clean driving licence and able to drive a manual

We offer:

• Being part of a passionate, fun team

• Horticulture Apprenticeships for career advancement

• Subsidised social events

• Ongoing support and training

Please email admin@divalandscapes.co.nz to apply

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