Polo matches expected within year
Source: odt.co.nz In about 12 months Jonathan Gabler hopes to host the first of many polo matches in Wakatipu, a sport he is confident will enhance the area's tourism scene. In November Mr Gabler, originally from Australia, and his wife Lynley Fong were granted consent to establish a polo club, subdivision and residential platforms on an 84.9ha site in Malaghans Rd. The site has been operating as a deer farm, but between now and the end of next summer the first stage of their...
Sat 7th May 2016Full post
Request for car charging station
Source: odt.co.nz Balclutha could get an electric vehicle charging station if the Clutha District Council takes into consideration a verbal submission at a hearing on its draft 2016-17 annual plan held yesterday. Roy Johnstone, of Balclutha, made a verbal submission yesterday asking the council to approve the use of land for a high-power, fast-charging station for electric vehicles. He said electric cars were the future and there were three already in the Clutha district. "We are...
Fri 6th May 2016Full post
Levies, tax add to house prices
Source: odt.co.nz Affordable housing in Queenstown is being held back by costly tax and council bills. Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust is working on its biggest development to date - a 44-house, $15million project at Shotover Country. The land has been provided by developers Sharyn and Grant Stalker. But the not-for-profit trust still has to pay about $650,000 in GST when it sells the houses. It must also pay $460,000 in development contributions to the Queenstown Lakes...
Thu 5th May 2016Full post
Queenstown desperately needs new hotels as visitor numbers surge
Source: stuff.co.nz Queenstown might have to start turning away tourists if more accommodation is not provided, a real estate spokesman says. A Colliers bi-annual snapshot of hotels found the resort has topped hotel occupancy growth for New Zealand this year with a whopping 92.6 per cent while the average daily rate was $209 - an increase of 19.5 per cent over the same period in the previous year. However, new supply remains at "alarmingly low levels". Colliers national hotels...
Thu 5th May 2016Full post
Southland warm homes scheme under threat
Source: stuff.co.nz The future of a scheme which has insulated more than 5000 Southland homes at reduced rates could be in jeopardy. The Southland Warm Homes Trust receives about 60 per cent of its funding from government agency Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority [EECA], but its funding for its Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme comes to a close in June after three years. Questions remain about whether the Government will introduce...
Wed 4th May 2016Full post
Affordable new homes concept
Source: odt.co.nz A venture spearheaded by a community group in Kaitangata is aiming to entice young working couples to the town by offering an affordable housing package. Kaitangata Promotions chairman Evan Dick and chairwoman Joyce Beck approached Clutha Development with a proposal to streamline the house buying process. Four groups, the Balclutha branch of Bank of New Zealand, Downie Stewart Lawyers, Hoamz Ltd and Big River Homes, were encouraged to produce an affordable house and land...
Mon 2nd May 2016Full post
Air NZ trials Queenstown night flight
Source: nzherald.co.nz Air New Zealand has flown the first evening flight into Queenstown in preparation for scheduled commercial services later this month. Saturday's proving flight was the first of several planned over the coming weeks before the first commercial evening service on May 23. From this date the airline will operate a partial evening schedule between Auckland and Queenstown with the last flight arriving in Queenstown at 6.15pm before departing for Auckland at 6.50pm. The...
Sun 1st May 2016Full post