Education Minister Hekia Parata was unable to attend the New
Zealand HomeBased Childcare Association's conference in
Queenstown on Saturday, but through a representative she
issued a challenge to delegates.
The fires which earlier this year destroyed Queenstown's Fat
Badgers Pizza, the World Bar and extensively damaged Wanaka's
Fitzpatrick's Irish Pub are part of a series of fires
involving deep fat vat fryers and ''inappropriate''
Audiences have been told a Queenstown convention
centre was first mooted 20 years ago, but the idea did not
really gain momentum until the Queenstown Winter Festival of
2011 when Prime Minister John Key endorsed it.
Wood-fired hot tubs overlooking Lake Wakatipu could be
Queenstown's latest offering to adrenaline junkies needing to
let their muscles recover and leisurely tourists wanting the
views but not the adrenaline.