In Response to Last Weeks’ Editorial
February 11 2019
Your blaming immigration NZ for QTs problems? Wow, must have missed the last election. Queenstown needs to understand if you want to run a business you are going to have start attracting kiwis - which it has neglected for years, and stop this ‘they don’t want to work here attitude’ - it was fine argument when we were a tiny town but the growth in the last 5 years means you simply won’t be able to run it off immigrants any longer. QT has got to stop blaming everyone else for its problems, we are not a special case. Just have a think about this phrase you used ‘immigration NZ needs to hurry up so we can run our businesses’.
Also elaborate on this ‘sustainable growth you speak of?’ I’ve never seen sustainable growth in this region. It’s all done haphazardly with the view that public infrastructure needs to catch up to private needs. Jim has just come out and said this in regards to LTNZ fixing Ladies Mile. $22m of public money was spent on a 2 lane bridge which has done pretty much nothing due to ongoing growth.
Realistically, Kmart etc should never have been allowed to go ahead. 50 low paid jobs - including all the other box stores - and for what exactly? Money to be siphoned out of the area to large corporates. I’m not sure tourists were coming to shop at Kmart, but to get away from cities and into nature. So yes I’d expect a lot less tourists, and not stagnant but declining numbers. Airport was suggesting 5.1 million passengers by 2030 apparently? Good luck.
Air New Zealand’s change in forecast was for me a little surprising, I was expecting maybe 12 months before this happened, but that it would is no surprise. And if we turn to tourism itself, the IPCC has told us to half carbon emissions by 2030 to have some chance of a liveable world. How many people will be able to rationalise travelling halfway across the planet as we approach 1.5C of warming and beyond? We need to try to understand the world we now live in, not one where ‘growth’ is the measure of how a society is performing.