depression

Free pilot to start

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstowner Mel Haarer isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to describing 2020. It’s been ‘‘a complete shit show, let’s face it’’. But she’s using her experience over the last couple of years, delivering wellbeing workshops to corporate clients,...

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...
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,...

Battler joins the fray

By PHILIP CHANDLER A battle-hardened resort father of three preschoolers, living in a state house and surviving on ACC, wants your vote. Joel Rowlands, 35, is standing for The Opportunities Party (TOP) this election in the local Southland electorate as an advocate for...

Jumping onboard for St John

By PHILIP CHANDLER It started as a crazy idea but it’s set to be a huge fundraiser for St John. Queenstowner Jason Medina’s planning on September 17 to complete up to 100 canyon swings with the ambitious goal of raising $50,000...

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...
For a guy who was rejected from hospo jobs in Canada because he was told he "wasn't really a people person", Chris Dickson's done alright for himself. He talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about his plans to support Queenstown Chris Dickson knows all too...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's delivered another warning about mental health issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. Speaking at a function last Friday, marking the start of construction of Queenstown's first surgical hospital, he specifically addressed his remarks to Southern...
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...
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