SHORT AND SHARP

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Gym in­struc­tors hope for pay

Un­paid Queen­stown Gym in­struc­tors are hope­ful of re­solv­ing a pay­ments dis­pute with the own­ers. A spokesman for the group of five said a Statu­tory De­mand for un­paid fees ex­pired last week. How­ever, dis­cus­sions with one of the di­rec­tors were pro­gress­ing and it was hoped a res­o­lu­tion would be reached.

Flat White ‘N Flights

Vet­eran TV weather pre­sen­ter Jim Hickey is fur­ther­ing his Queen­stown in­ter­ests with the open­ing of an Air­s­presso cafe, due to open at Queen­stown Air­port in early July. Hickey, who owns a house in Queen­stown and is a fa­mil­iar face on the the ski slopes dur­ing win­ter, part­nered with hospo en­tre­pre­neur Craig McFar­lane to open the first Air­s­presso at New Ply­mouth Air­port in 2006. Hickey and Mcfar­lane are also part­ners in long-time Queen­stown cafe fix­ture Joe’s Garage.

Rentals Thin On The Ground

Queen­stown’s rental property short­age was high­lighted in the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of New Zealand’s lat­est re­port, which stated ‘‘many new res­i­dents to the re­gion are be­ing forced to con­sider buy­ing in­stead of rent­ing’’. House sales in the area peaked at 56 last month, com­pared to 34 in Jan­uary 2013. Nine of those sales reached prices of $1.5 mil­lion. Sec­tion sales num­bered 18 last month com­pared to 13 in the first month of last year, with the ma­jor­ity of sec­tion sales oc­cur­ring at Jacks Point.

May­oral wel­come

Queen­stown Mayor Vanessa van Uden wel­comes 10cc front­man Gra­ham Gould­man (left) and Star­ship front­man Mickey Thomas (right) when the two groups, along with a large en­tourage touched down at Queen­stown Air­port for the last leg of their New Zealand tour last week. The two groups, along with head­lin­ers Lynyrd Skynyrd played for 14,000 fans at Gibb­ston on Satur­day.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion jump

Queen­stown is be­com­ing even more of an in­ter­na­tional tourist mag­net, with over 1.8 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional guest nights recorded in 2013 by Sta­tis­tics New Zealand – a record high for the re­sort.

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