anxiety

Hare to help our kids

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new book aimed at helping address anxiety and identify stress in kids has been a labour of love for its Queenstown author. Commercial illustrator Laura Shallcrass released Hare & Ruru, A Quiet Moment last month with Beatnik...

New role helping men talk

By MATTHEW MCKEW Campaigns to encourage men to seek mental health support appear to be paying off, with health bods saying plenty are coming forward in Queenstown. It coincides with a new role introduced to Queenstown Medical Centre in August called...

Crisis coping

By MATTHEW MCKEW If you fell from a plane with no parachute you would have every right to panic — but that doesn’t make you an anxious person. Southern District Health Board consultant clinical psychologist Henck van Bilsen says it’s the...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH In a first for the Wakatipu, a fully-funded social worker’s been put into all Queenstown primary schools. Central Lakes Family Services social worker in schools — or SWIS — Fiona Stephenson started in the full-time, permanent position —...
Jason Medina's a long-time Queenstown resident who last week completed 100 Canyon Swings in one day, raising money for St John after the charity and two resort cops saved his life last year Last Thursday morning I woke up early,...

Abuse concerns

By MATTHEW MCKEW There are fears Covid-19 is providing the perfect excuse for abusers to isolate their victims, Age Concern’s warning. It comes at the same time as a City Hall report says Queenstown’s ‘‘young people’’ are facing ‘‘alcohol, drug and eating...
Let's face it. Most of us prick up our ears if we hear that someone appearing in court has been given name suppression. It’s human nature to be curious, and no one likes the feeling of not knowing what’s going on. The...

Under pressure

By HUGH COLLINS, TRACEY ROXBURGH & GUY WILLIAMS AS the fallout from Covid-19 continues, Queenstown mayor Jim Boult’s worried the resort’s mental health services are struggling to cope with demand. He tells Mountain Scene he’s hearing reports of people waiting weeks...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH An Arrowtown charity's run off its feet right now - but the Wakatipu community's swung in behind to support it. This month a 20-foot storage container, courtesy of AJ Saville Builders, was dropped off on the St John's...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Christchurch man traumatised by last year's terror attack this week visited a Queenstown hotel to thank staff for their kindness in the aftermath. Yama Nabi presented a handmade rug to The Rees Hotel his family are pictured with...
You know what's bloody amazing? Us. I had a chat with one of our new staffers the other day. He was surprised at the vitriol coming from other parts of New Zealand about the situation Queenstown finds itself in. That others have taken...
Fasten your seatbelts, Queenstown. We're in for a bumpy ride. It's now impossible to have a conversation with anyone that doesn't include 'coronavirus' ... a word I hadn't even heard of until about three months ago. This week the proverbial hit the...
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