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Southern DHB is pushing for Dunedin and Invercargill to be used for managed isolation ahead of Queenstown, due to concerns about its lack of medical facilities.
Plans for isolating people in Queenstown will need to be bulletproof before the mayor will back them, he says. Audio
Few supporters could be found in David Clark's electorate of Dunedin today - a seat he won by more than 11,000 votes in the last election.
The tourism industry remains in the dark about where millions of dollars collected through the international visitor levy will go.
"I had visited elderly people in Clyde that morning and saw for myself the difficulty some were having in keeping themselves warm," Mayor Tim Cadogan says.
Queenstown businesses are questioning why Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has been absent for so long from the struggling resort town.
Tourism operators claim the concessions granted by the Department of Conservation are outdated and taking far too long to be approved.
The ski season kicks off from today as Canterbury's Mt Hutt welcomes people back to the slopes under the new normal.
Hundreds of displaced Queenstown workers may be used to help tackle a growing pest problem - wilding pines. Video
With a second wave of redundancies expected in the coming weeks, there are high hopes the centre can help ease the stress for many across the district.
Bidders in Queenstown have started testing the water in one of the country's most expensive property markets.
Immigration NZ will send a team of staff to support migrant workers and employers in Queenstown as some prepare to lose the wage subsidy.
The Queenstown Association of Migrant Pinoys says more than 500 Filipino migrants have sought welfare support in the resort town.
Chatham Islands tourism operators hit hard by the lockdown are hoping New Zealanders will head to the archipelago for an "overseas" holiday.
Video - The stress is continuing to grow for redundant Queenstown workers as reduced rents return to normal. Video
Queenstown has rolled out the welcome mat to domestic visitors with the return of the first passenger flights since 1 April.
Many tourism jobs have already been cut as the sector waits for details of a support package to be announced in Thursday's Budget, operators say.
Ski resorts expect visitor numbers will be cut in half as border closures keep international visitors off the slopes.
Thousands of tourism and aviation workers have been left reeling in the wake of widespread redundancies.
Fiordland tourism operators say the rules governing the national park are outdated and leave no room for common sense.
Fiordland tourism operators say they've been taking hit after hit since the end of last year, and they're not sure how many will be left standing.
A Spanish couple say they are anxious about taking a repatriation flight with their six-month-old baby.
The mayor of Queenstown Lakes has described plans to cut hundreds of tourism jobs as a horror show.
Queenstown is facing a new wave of rental challenges as some tenants face high rents with limited to no income.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa's boss says the newly announced plan for a sector shake-up is a chance to enhance to become the "most environmentally protective" and sustainable tourism industry in the…