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Economic Development

Whakawhanaketaka Ohaoha

The Economic Development team works to diversify our economy and encourage higher value jobs. The aim of this is to provide our residents with access to better incomes and more work choices outside of the changeable tourism and construction industries.

Key Areas of Focus Economic Profile Support, Recover & Reset Plan COVID-19 Business Support Film Office Contact us

Key Areas of Focus


Queenstown Lakes District Economic Profile

The below information provided by economic analyst firm Infometrics gives an in-depth description of the Queenstown Lakes District’s economic structure and performance.

It offers the ability to drill down into both the Whakatipu Basin and Wanaka and Surrounds, offering detailed information for both areas.

You can also compare our district’s data against other regions throughout New Zealand to get an idea of how we’re doing in relation to the rest of the country.

https://ecoprofile.infometrics.co.nz/queenstown-lakes+district

https://ecoprofile.infometrics.co.nz/Queenstown-Lakes%20District/QuarterlyEconomicMonitor


Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Reset plan – Queenstown Lakes

The Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Reset Plan supports targets five communities acutely affected by COVID-19, including Queenstown Lakes.

The Government has made three different grants available to tourism businesses:

  1. Business Advisory Support (up to $5,000 per business operation) to enable businesses to receive expert advice and support, such as on changing target markets, or scaling their business.

  2. Grants for businesses to implement business advice (up to $5,000 per business operation).

  3. Tourism Kick-start Grants between $10,000 and $50,000 per eligible business operation (excluding GST). This grant is to help business prepare for the return of international visitors.

Applications for the Business Advisory Support and Advice Implementation Grant are open now. Applications for the Tourism Kick-start Fund will be accepted from Friday 1 April 2022.

Information on eligibility, and how to apply can be found here.

QLDC is the lead entity for our district but we do not accept or assess applications.

Regional Business Partners is the contact point for businesses. Kickstart applications will be assessed by an independent organisation and eligible businesses will receive their grant payment via the QLDC finance team.

Grant Reporting by Month:

  • Number of businesses that have been approved a grant:

    • September 2021: 83

    • October 2021: 164

    • November 2021: 197

    • December 2021: 114

    • January 2022: 92

    • February 2022: 113

    • Total: 763

    Total grant amounts approved:

    • September 2021: $236,855.00

    • October 2021: $547,334.95

    • November 2021: $595,112.62

    • December 2021: $326,984.19

    • January 2022: $301,990.66

    • February 2022: $301,337.75

    • Total: $2,309,615.17

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  • Number of businesses that have been approved a grant:

    • September 2021: 16

    • October 2021: 34

    • November 2021: 97

    • December 2021: 69

    • January 2022: 37

    • February 2022: 56

    • Total: 309

    Total grant amounts approved:

    • September 2021: $73,510

    • October 2021: $152,518

    • November 2021: $442,419

    • December 2021: $307,939

    • January 2022: $170,647

    • February 2022: $264,426

    • Total: $1,415,961

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  • Applications for the Tourism Kick-start Fund will be accepted from Friday 1 April 2022. Kickstart applications will be assessed by an independent organisation and eligible businesses will receive their grant payment via the QLDC finance team.

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COVID-19 Business Support and Advice

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on local businesses around Queenstown-Lakes. We've compiled a variety of resources and contacts that can assist you in these times of uncertainty. Head over to the webpage listed below for more information. 


QLDC Film Office

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has an in-Council film office within its Economic Development department that acts as a point of coordination for screen activity in the region. Click here to learn more.


Contact us

Peter Harris: Economic Development Manager

Sharon Fifield: Economic Development Advisor

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