I and seemingly many other patrons of the Rhythm & Alps festival this year are having problems getting our unused money back from the wristbands we were forced to use at the festival instead of paying cash for food & drinks etc.
I loaded two lots of $150 bucks onto the band to avoid the queues, but only used half of the dosh. We were told when we put money on the band at the beginning of the festival we could get a refund on the 1st Jan before we left.. what they didnt tell us was they didn’t have enough money to refund everybody who needed one and half of us would be turned away being promised a refund online.
As the housing crisis drives up rental and property prices, the government pledges to do more to help those ‘in need’. Living in what’s typically classed as an affluent area, there’s a perception that Queenstown’s families are doing okay. There’s an assumption that if you live here, you’re affluent and not ‘in need’. But as Queenstown’s property market skyrockets, long-term local families are at risk of being squeezed out.