Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021

Dear Member

Last week our Board, team and me were very saddened to hear of the passing of the great Sir Eion Edgar.  He was a man who lived life to the fullest and truly represented that business is not just business, it is community.  He has left a lasting legacy that he and his family can be immensely proud of, and they are in our thoughts as they find their way forward without him.

As we endeavour to take care of business, we have been working with a number of government officials to ensure the Queenstown Lakes District is top of mind and that there is much work yet to be done between government and business.  The Director General of MBIE was recently in town, along with a number of her key senior executives and we were able to meet with them alongside DQ, Regional Business Partners and QLDC as well as independently with a few of our members from across industry sectors.

Next week, representatives from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet are in town, who are responsible for coordinating and delivering communication on New Zealand's COVIS-19 management.  We will be meeting with them, along with key industry representatives as the government seeks to build a picture of the benefits and challenges of the upcoming winter season.  The key questions they will be asking us are below and if you have any thoughts you would like to share with us as we prepare for this meeting, please reply to this update.
  1. What are the risks and challenges you face as you work to keep COVID-19 out of your community?
  2. What COVID-19 messaging, resources and support would be helpful to you to address these risks?
  3. What planning do you have underway should there be a winter resurgence?
The people coming to see us know we are expecting a significant influx of domestic and international visitors, and that our event calendar is packed with festivals and attractions over the coming months. They are keen to support our large events to keep Queenstown free from COVID-19, and keep everyone safe.
Work underway includes refreshing and strengthening readiness and response plans and planning the next stage of marketing and communications, campaigns to encourage New Zealanders and tourists to help keep our communities safe from COVID-19.
In particular, they are looking at where on-the-ground activity might be helpful.  We only have to look at NSW and the news today about Wellington to know that this winter is not the time to be complacent.

It's also that time of year again, with tax returns due by 7 July.  You can find out more about how to file online, what to do if you received a wage subsidy and the rules for reporting residential rental income by clicking here.

There are also new rules for valuing assets when sold as a bundle e.g. a commercial property or business, from 1 July.  You can find out more here.

Not quite a case of winter hibernation is it?!

Take care