Baskets of Blessing

By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks to a Queenstowner's initiative, Otago and Southland Covid-19 lockdown heroes have been rewarded with free accommodation, activities, attractions and meals shouted by Southern operators. John Cushen set up Southern Heroes NZ after being moved by the story of...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH In three weeks, a group of community-minded Queenstowners have raised almost $430,000, sought expressions of interest from frontline charities in need, and granted more than $150,000 to help with the immediate need in the Wakatipu. Well-known Kelvin Heights...

Giving back this Christmas

Nearly 250 Wakatipu residents will receive a Christmas boost tomorrow, thanks to the generosity of the resort community. About 30 volunteers have been busy collecting donations, and nominations, for this year's Baskets of Blessing project. Now in its sixth year, the...
It's better to give than to receive, it's said. One of Queenstown's most prolific givers, however, is receiving special recognition for her philanthropy today. Baskets of Blessing coordinator Tam Schurmann discusses her charity with Philip Chandler Imagine how you'd feel receiving a basket of...
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