alcohol

Resort rehab

It's no secret Queenstown's a party town, but a long-time social worker says things have become so bad, it needs its own rehab facility. And she wants booze barons to help pay for it. Salvation Army social worker Hine Marchand, who's...
Winnies has been revealed as the final watering hole for a quarter of boozy offenders dealt with by Queenstown cops. But the bar's owner says it's merely a numbers game. Stats released under the Official Information Act show 725 offenders over...
One bar's been the final watering hole for a quarter of late night boozed-up offenders dealt with by resort cops, Mountain Scene can reveal. But police won't say which one it is. The decision's come under fire from an addiction expert,...

Hospital pass

A top doctor's broken ranks to criticise the district health board for exaggerating Queenstown's drinking problem. Lakes District Hospital clinical director Dr Jennifer Keys says while booze is an issue, Southern DHB's comments on a proposed public booze ban don't...

Cops call for public booze ban

Queenstown police's submission on a proposed public alcohol ban includes 59 eye-opening photos of people the worse-for-wear, litter and general public drunkenness. In one photo, a man is passed out in a doorway and appears to have defecated on his...
Nearly 40 people have had their say on proposed bylaw changes that would effectively ban "Crate Day" in Queenstown. Queenstown Lakes District Council staff have proposed changes that would ban drinking outdoors in the district's town centres and some other...

Crate Day crack down

Officers at the Queenstown Lakes District Council are calling for a district-wide alcohol ban in public places for National Crate Day and have suggested extending daily alcohol ban periods to minimise harm and offensive behaviour. About 300 people descended on...

Drowning in booze

The number of places to buy booze in Queenstown has sky-rocketed in recent years, new figures reveal. Info released by Queenstown's council show there were 259 licensed premises in the resort in the past financial year. That's up a whopping 34...
The number of people seeking help for addictions in Queenstown has doubled in two years. And health bosses admit resources in the resort aren't good enough. Southern District Health Board figures show 136 people accessed its addiction assessment and treatment service...
German Arrowtowner Joerg Henkenhaf launched Broken Heart Spirits five years ago to honour the memory of a close friend. Henkenhaf and fellow German Bernd Schnabel spent many long evenings together drinking and discussing the grand art of distilling. The passionate distillers...

Booze bash blemish

A quarter of all crimes involving victims in Queenstown Lakes district over the past two years were assaults. Crime stats released by New Zealand Police show what many in the town already know anecdotally – boozy violence is one of the resort's...

Skyline shop seeks licence

A Queenstown  tourism company will know within the next month if it will be able to sell alcohol from a souvenir shop, a move some agencies believe would set a precedent for the resort. Skyline Enterprises Ltd appeared before the...
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