Hamish McNeilly

PM will keep tourism role

In a Monty Python moment, Prime Minister John Key praised himself as Minister of Tourism for doing a "wonderful job", and said he planned to continue with the tourism portfolio.

World Cup tickets selling despite venue uncertainty

World Cup tickets selling despite venue uncertainty

Uncertainty over which Dunedin venue will host Rugby World Cup 2011 matches has not hampered tournament ticket applications, chief executive Martin Snedden said yesterday.

Post office hotel gets marketing push

Post office hotel gets marketing push

The former chief post office in Dunedin is being promoted as a hotel venue to international and domestic buyers at a tourism conference in Auckland.

Queenstown-Australia flights to double

Queenstown-Australia flights to double

Air New Zealand will boost transtasman flights to Queenstown later this year, in an effort to promote the town as a summer destination for Australians.

Town to host Trenz?

It is either the worst-kept secret or the best-relayed rumour, but Queenstown is tipped to host the Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (Trenz) conference next year.

Teens help crash victim

Teens help crash victim

Three teenage boys have been singled out for praise by police, following their rescue of a young woman involved in a potentially life-threatening accident.

Tourism resignation

Tourism Dunedin will reassess its Sydney office following the resignation of its Australian-based business development manager.

Keen bargain hunters get early start in book stacks

Keen bargain hunters get early start in book stacks

Driving 1000km and lining-up for five hours gave Brian Keys, of Napier, the right to be first in queue at the Regent 24-Hour Book Sale yesterday.

Mineral permits include for Doc to take gold at Kawarau location

Of the more than 200 mining permits issued for Department of Conservation land, one is from the department itself.

Wind farm firm sourcing turbines

The Mt Stuart wind farm could be producing power within the next 10 to 15 months, but first the company behind the South Otago site needs to secure some wind turbines.