Tuesday, 21st December, 2021

Dear Member,

As 2021 draws to a close, I would like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Thank you for your support this year and the team and I are looking forward to bringing you a refreshed and exciting array of networking, education and enlightenment opportunities in 2022.  

If you are staying close to home this Christmas, make the most of the opportunities on our doorstep.  If you are travelling elsewhere in New Zealand, perhaps finally being able to see friends and family, be safe.  For some great ideas, whether here or elsewhere, check out 100% Pure New Zealand.

As shown by the Government today, 2022 is not going to see us rushing back to re-connecting with the world.  You can read the latest Government suite of precautionary measures to keep Omicron out for as long as possible here.  Cabinet has also approved immunisations for 5-11 year old's from 17 January.  More detail here.

While many things remain uncertain and continue to change, what we can pretty much guarantee is that COVID will be one of our summer visitors.  If an employee, customer or visitor becomes a confirmed or probable case, you can find guidance here.  And for help in getting your household ready, check this out.

With that out of the way, I would like to finish with we have a lot to be grateful for in our neck of the woods and a lot of things happening. 

We have new buildings, including the Southern Cross Hospital and hotels opening, the innovation precinct is underway, the film development "over the hill" is now consented, and has anyone tried getting a builder lately?!  A huge number of small businesses have come to life this year, many born in Queenstown and operating globally, and many just good for our people and improving our quality of life.  

Whatever the weather, it's a great place to be.

One last thought for the year. 

Mate atu he tētēkura, ka whakaeke mai he tētēkura.  As one frond perishes, another grows in its place.

Meri Kirihimete

Ruth Stokes
Chief Executive