Cutting it: Happiness House coordinator Bec Conway takes delivery of a new weed trimmer and lawn mower from Mitre 10 Mega general manager Paul Reeve, left, and retail manager Moe Reid


Queenstown’s bush telegraph, social media and the intervention of a district councillor mean Happiness House’s lawn-mowing woes are a thing of the past.

The community support centre’s rackety old petrol mower died last year, and with two volunteers shouldering most of the lawn mowing duties at its Park Street premises, the centre made a social media plea for more people with their own mowers to help out.

Enter district councillor Niki Gladding who, after noticing the post didn’t get many takers, asked the resort’s Mitre 10 Mega if they might be able to help out.

They came to the party, with general manager Paul Reeve turning up recently with a spanking-new battery-electric mower, and throwing in an electric weed trimmer for good measure.

A staffer also visited last week to run a safety training session with the centre’s volunteers.

Happiness House manager Robyn Francis says they’re very grateful, and having their own gear means more vollies will now be able to do the lawns.