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Farming First Column - April 2020

There has no doubt been many a conversation at tables within bubbles at present of the challenges a pandemic can bring. We worry about our loved one's health, our own...


Commercial tenants need further support

Commercial tenants in Queenstown are struggling and need further support to get through this Covid-19 pandemic, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “I have spoken to dozens of businesses who spend...


Ensign Column - April 2020

When the first case of Covid-19 was announced in New Zealand, I don’t think anyone would have imagined we would be encountering an almost five-week lockdown – and that was...


Ngāi Tahu Tourism redundancies gutting for Qtown

Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s decision to make large scale redundancies is incredibly heart-breaking for the Queenstown community, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “As one of our large employers here in Queenstown,...


Clutha Leader Column - April 2020

We did it Clutha, but the battle is not yet over against Covid-19. As we prepare to enter alert level three, give yourself and each other a pat on the...


Warning of dire situation in Qtown and Te Anau given to Finance Minister

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker has today written to the Finance Minister informing him of Queenstown’s dire situation as at week four of the Covid-19 lockdown. Mr Walker has highlighted the...


MP requests Queenstown to Christchurch service

No flights to Queenstown at alert level three leaves an already struggling community even more isolated, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “I have written a letter to Air New Zealand...


Southland Times Column - April

Take a bow Southland and pat yourselves on the back. As we mark off two weeks in lockdown, the vast majority of you are adhering to the rules and staying...


Lakes Weekly Bulletin Column - April 2020

Here in Queenstown like all over New Zealand, we’re almost at a standstill. As last week we moved in to Alert Level Four in response to Covid-19, we went in...


Mountain Scene Column - April Column

We live in a truly amazing community. Covid-19 has brought with it a lockdown of our community and our country but we will fight to get through this together. Like...