SHORT AND SHARP
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.
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.
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.