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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, to see staff lose their jobs is distressing for all involved,” Mr Walker says.

“My heart goes out to all of the people involved, who like so many in our community are now facing even more uncertain times, with no income.”

“Two out of every three people in Queenstown work in the tourism sector and if there is not more support given soon, it is going to get far worse before it gets better.”

“More large scale redundancies will come and even more of the wonderful people in our community will be left jobless.”

“It’s why more needs to be done to support our businesses, so we can support our people in staying in work and getting through this tough time.”

“I’ve spoken with dozens of businesses whose futures are all uncertain and unless they receive some support they will have to close their doors.”

“This will mean having to do the same as Ngāi Tahu Tourism and make their staff redundant at the end of the 12-week wage subsidy.”

“It is trying times throughout New Zealand but Queenstown is by far the worst affected area.”

“The community support has been phenomenal and we cannot thank our support agencies and council enough for the work they have been doing to support our people.”

 

“We still need more Government support though, to enable us to get through.”

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