Our local heroes


Two big-hearted and community-minded Queenstowners are in the running for national honours in the New Zealander of the Year Awards. 

Happiness House chair Verona Cournane and fundraising and sporting stalwart Craig “Ferg” Ferguson have each been nominated for the Kiwibank Local Heroes category of the awards. 

Cournane’s nomination was submitted by three Happiness House staff members. 

Category finalists will be announced in December, followed by the gala awards night in Auckland on February 16. 

National category winners each receive $5000 in cash and a hand-crafted trophy.