QLDC is partnering and collaborating with key industries and organisations to progress recovery in the district. Recovery is not just about one organisation but about everyone working together to enhance the district.

  • QLDC has partnered with the Department of Conservation and the Otago Regional Council to pilot a program to prioritise trail building, predator trapping and wilding pine control. 

    The pilot has redeployed a few people from the tourism workforce into this pilot program. More information will be released once the pilot is complete.

  • The newly established QLDC Film Office will dedicate $10,000 toward permit fee relief for film production activity taking place on council land as a COVID-19 economic recovery initiative.

    Currently, fees for filming on QLDC land are typically $500/day for filming and $300/day for photography of a commercial nature.

    This relief scheme will allow productions an initial two days fee-free filming on council land. The cost for fees will be reimbursed from the QLDC Economic Development budget dedicated to film support.

    This initiative has been set up to help attract film production back to the District and to support the local film community, which – like many in the District – has been hit hard by the impacts of COVID-19.

    QLDC Film Office Coordinator Kahli Scott said: “The idea was sparked by conversations with the local film industry, and we’re pleased to be able to offer this support. Having recently formed an in-council film office, we want to roll out the welcome mat to productions looking to film in the District.”

    The Queenstown Lakes District has welcomed and supported film production for over thirty years, from big-budget feature films to international television commercials. Film generates work for local film crew and vendors and creates flow-on business for hotels, restaurants, retail and more.

    Quick facts about the QLDC Film Permit Fee Relief scheme:

    • Applies to filming on council-owned land only
    • Productions will still be required to obtain an approved film permit through the regular process via APL Property
    • The film permit fees will be reimbursed from the QLDC film office (Economic Development) budget
    • The scheme has a current cap of $10,000, and the relief will be applied on a first-come first-served basis

    For any questions, please get in touch with the QLDC Film Office Coordinator Kahli Scott:

  • The Mayoral Taskforce on tourism and short term recovery met for the first time on Wednesday, May 27.

    The taskforce, which is looking at ways to kick start the economy in the short term, is comprised of some of the country’s most knowledgeable tourism thinkers with representation across both Regional Tourism Organisations, Chambers of Commerce, large and small operators and national bodies. With around 95% of tourism operators accessing the government wage subsidy as a result of COVID-19 and border restrictions likely to remain in place for some time, innovation within the sector is a necessity.

    Members of the Mayoral Taskforce on tourism and short term recovery include:

    • Jim Boult, Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor and Chair
    • James Helmore, Lakes Wanaka Tourism General Manager
    • Ann Lockhart, Destination Queenstown CEO
    • Craig Douglas, Queenstown Chamber Board Chair
    • Bridget Legnavsky, Ignite Wanaka Board
    • Calum Macleod, Deputy Mayor and Wanaka business owner – Cinema Paradiso
    • Jolanda Cave, Ngai Tahu Tourism
    • Colin Keel, Chief Executive Queenstown Airport Corporation
    • Iain Cossar, General Manager Tourism - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
    • Peter Harris, Economic Development Manager - Queenstown Lakes District Council
    • Mark Rose, Chief Executive - The Rees Hotel
    • Paul Anderson, Chief Executive - NZSki
    • Grant Webster, Chief Executive Tourism Holdings Ltd
    • Henry Van Asch, Managing Director – Bungy New Zealand
    • Trent Yeo, Chief Executive – Ziptrek Ecotours
    • Chris Roberts, Chief Executive - Tourism Industry Aotearoa
    • Roger Sharpe, Tourism New Zealand Board Member
    • Kathy Dedo, Facilitator Link Upper Clutha
  • Agriculture Min. Damien O’Connor has launched a new website and campaign aimed at redeploying workers into food sector jobs.

    Vineyards, forests, farms, orchards, and seas have roles for everyone – from immediate jobs and careers, to training and taster courses to get you started. They need people with a range of interests, skills, experiences, and backgrounds.

    While there are seasonal jobs, many may be the start of a long-term career with opportunities to grow and advance.

    Learn more at


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