Small boutique stores in Queenstown are struggling to swim against the tide.
A Queenstown small boutique owner says rent is sky high and is pushing away the classic smaller boutique businesses in the area.
The country's exports have fallen in value for a second consecutive quarter.
The merchandise terms of trade was down 2% heading into the start of the year.
It fell by almost double that amount in the previous quarter.
Export prices dropped more than imports, meaning the country had less buying power.
Dairy and meat products led the downturn.
But overall the country made $2.5b more from outgoing goods than what was spent on imports in 2015.
The military and the catwalk are two things that would not usually go together.
But both soldiers and models stepped out last night for an evening of glamour at a Zonta fundraising event.
And despite a martial setting for the event, the participants were working to fight against violence.