I’m in the middle of a two-week stint in Central Otago. I’m touring the towns that need tourists. Riding my bike and enjoying some of New Zealand’s amazing scenery.

In preparing for the trip, I took an interest in the various commentators referring to the region’s post-Covid, tourist-free world.

Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult has been particularly vocal in describing the woes of local business and begging for government assistance. He was back in the news this week as I travelled the region he advocates for.

He’s continuing his campaign to keep his town’s Covid-impacted plight in the national consciousness. In doing so he has been a consistent voice in support of Queenstown’s tourist industry and the need for government assistance to prop things up until who knows when.