alcohol

By MATTHEW MCKEW Security is being upped at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital because of the ‘‘huge’’ numbers showing up off their faces on drugs and booze. Papers released last week by Southern District Health Board reveal ‘‘security issues persist at Lakes...

Drugs warnings

By MATTHEW MCKEW Deadly bathsalts peddled as MDMA in Queenstown are putting young people in hospital as foreigners and others fund their time in the resort by drug dealing. Further, Queenstown’s top cop, detective senior sergeant Malcolm Inglis, says wastewater tests suggest...
A Queentown'ers got to spend the next 20 months on home detention, if he can find a suitable address, after he seriously assaulted his female flatmate in May. Ashley Alan Rowlands, 33, was on the booze at home with the...

‘Not adequate’

By GUY WILLIAMS The adequacy of a ‘Drive Safe’ form filled out by a German tourist at a Queenstown rental car company hours before her death in a horror crash near Dipton in 2017 has been slammed by a coroner. Marina...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown distillery's making alcohol-based hand and surface sanitisers to help combat a national sanitiser shortage during this current Covid-19 crisis. Arrow Junction-based Broken Heart Spirits owner Joerg Henkenhaf stepped in when he found distilleries around the world...
Former Queenstowner Jaime Sands, who worked for the Queenstown Lakes District Council and, latterly, Hilton Queenstown, is now working on a private yacht in the Caribbean - where lockdown has its own challenges, and the consequences of Covid-19 are...

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...
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