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Hoping to help mental health

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Under-resourcing and difficulty accessing mental health services are two key challenges for Whakatipu residents, a new report says. The Wakatipu Mental Health Forum was held in November, attended by 80 people, including a cross-section of residents and local agency...
Queenstowners of a certain age will recall the late Pat Farry’s career as a pioneering rural GP.  But, as PHILIP CHANDLER discovers, his son Ben’s also forged an amazing career — in the world of drama. He explains why...

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...
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...

Guerrilla green

By HUGH COLLINS An illicitly-operating 'green fairy' is distributing medicinal marijuana to about 150 people in Queenstown. The man, who doesn't want to be named, says many of his clients aren't able to get effective medicine through legitimate health professionals. But, as...
Talk about getting out of your comfort zone. After living in the Wakatipu for most of their lives, doctor John Hillock and his wife Maggie are leaving to grow macadamias near Nelson. They discuss their impending move with Philip Chandler If you've been living happily in one area for...
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