Latest Updates

November 2010

Business Award recognises Queenstown College

Business Award recognises Queenstown College

A forward-thinking Queenstown education institution has been recognised for its business excellence in developing a new market sector for the resort town.

Queenstown Resort College (QRC) won the medium business category (10-50 employees) at the Westpac Queenstown Business Excellence Awards last Friday (27 November).

The college came up against some stiff competition but the panel of judges for the awards, organised by the local Chamber of Commerce, said they thought QRC’s forward-thinking approach to education gave them the edge.

The college has quadrupled its intake numbers since it opened in 2006 and recently bought former hotel Queenstown Lodge to offer accommodation to its growing roll of students.

The financial investment future-proofs the college’s infrastructure needs and marks the first step in its long term vision of establishing a student campus in Queenstown.

“QRC has put a lot of investment into the region, particularly with the purchase of the lodge,” said awards judge Mike Sutherland.

“It’s hard creating a new learning institution outside of a large city but QRC’s strategy appears to be working and they’re going full steam ahead in the market.”

QRC CEO Charlie Phillips was on hand to accept the award at the gala dinner and said he was delighted his team had received such high recognition.

“This win reinforces our work to ensure tertiary study is a now a serious option in Queenstown.

“QRC is committed to ensuring the region becomes known as an outstanding place to gain a high level education and we’re proud to have introduced a totally new way of attracting people to the region.”

  • Posted By: QRC on Tue, 30th Nov 2010 @ 00:00:00

2011 QRC National Scholarship winners announced

We are thrilled to announce Dunstan High School student, Cameron Day, as the winner of the 2011 QRC Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management Scholarship and Kavanagh College student, Benji Ahdar, as the winner of the Diploma of Hospitality Management Scholarship.

The scholarships were established to identify two New Zealand teenagers who deserve the opportunity of having a world class education and who would become outstanding ambassadors for QRC. The scholarships cover the full tuition fee to the value of $25,000 for the duration of the 2 year programmes.Cameron Day

Cameron impressed all members of the Scholarship Interview Panel which comprised of QRC’s Adventure Tourism Programme Manager John Cushen and two industry representatives. “Cameron has already shown that he is a focused and multi talented young student and his big issue will be in deciding which direction he will channel all his ability and energy into as he strives for international success” John Cushen said.

“We see Cameron as being the perfect role model here at QRC for he knows that to achieve in any field, one has to show commitment, passion, a positive attitude and has to be able to plan and organize. We congratulate Cameron and also recognize the strengths the large field of other applicants have. These are exciting times for both our new students and the college.”

Hospitality Management scholarship winner, Benjamin Ahdar is currently Head Boy and House Captain at Kavanagh College and recently won the 2010 Trust Power community Spirit Award for the Dunedin Region which was for recognition of service and involvement in school and the community.

His career goals are firmly set, “I aspire to become a General Manager of a top five star Hotel and the training and international qualification QRC will provide me will be a huge stepping stone in the right direction” says Benjamin.

Benjamin’s outstanding application and interview performance made him a clear choice for the panel of judges said the Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Mr Harvey Bourne.

“Benji impressed the panel through his full appreciation of what customer service is all about, his professional attitude and his knowledge and understanding of the industry. He has a strong future ahead of him” said Mr Bourne.

QRC was inundated with dozens of fantastBenji Ahdaric applications.

Other shortlisted candidates from through New Zealand include:


Eliesa Fifita- Wellington College, Wellington

Hanani Kanter- Rangitoto College, Auckland

Stacey Cook- John Paul College, Rotorua

Danielle Clapham- Auckland Girls Grammar


Melody Shaw- Ashburton High School, Ashburton

Jock Barr- St Bedes College, Christchurch

Natalie Sharples, Strathallan College, Auckland

Alexandra Flemming- Sacred Heart New Plymouth, New Plymouth

Congratulations to you all!

QRC National Scholarship Short List candidates

  • Posted By: QRC on Mon, 8th Nov 2010 @ 00:00:00