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Money stress help

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is hoping to help resort residents avoid get ting to ‘‘mental health crisis’’ point with a new service. Noticing a nexus between financial stress and hardship and mental health struggles last year, CAB’s...

Bring on the party

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's back, baby. Mountain Scene can exclusively reveal Queenstown’s biggest winter party is making a return this year — but it’s not a ‘Winter Festival’ as we know it. Last year’s planned four-day festival got put on ice due...
THERE are many wonderful things being built in Queenstown at the moment. Many houses, of course, but also commercial spaces, hotels, tourism facilities and more. All of it will be here to enjoy for years to come and should be celebrated...
By GUY WILLIAMS The backers of a major extension to the Queenstown Trail have finally got a date to argue their case before council-appointed commissioners. The Queenstown Trails Trust’s plan to build cycling routes between Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Otago Regional Council’s asked the government to stump up for Queenstown’s share of its public transport business case. ORC recently endorsed the business case in principle, to guide about $200 million worth of investment decisions — the cost of...

In Merv’s honour

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown community stalwart Merv Aoake, who died a year ago, is to be honoured by the naming of a sailing scholarship. The Merv Aoake Scholarship, run by the Wakatipu Yacht Club and funded by the Queenstown Lions Club,...

Bid to close biodiversity loop

By GUY WILLIAMS The Glenorchy Community Association’s hoping to nab $700,000 in Jobs for Nature funding for a project designed to address the township’s wellbeing issues as well as its biodiversity goals. If the application’s successful, the ‘Glenorchy Eastern Biodiversity Corridor’...

Peak relief at last

By MATTHEW MCKEW There's been movement, finally. Department of Conservation’s (DoC) dropped the news it’ll install a toilet on Queenstown’s Ben Lomond to stop caught-short hikers causing a mess. It comes a year after the mountain was dubbed ‘‘faecal peak’’ for the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown parents are devastated Ministry of Education’s (MoE) refused support funding for a son with high learning needs, despite admitting he meets the criteria. Eleven-year-old Tui Wilkinson’s school, Remarkables Primary, received in-class support for the past two years...

Trial runs late

By GUY WILLIAMS As Rachel Hunter might say, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. That’s the word from the Otago Regional Council, which tells Mountain Scene the long-awaited trial of a subsidised ferry service on Lake Whakatipu will happen,...

Lake Hayes’ $1m kickstarter

By GUY WILLIAMS A local iwi charity’s been given $1 million by philanthropist Rod Drury to get started on a long-planned project to clean up Queenstown’s Lake Hayes. Mana Tahuna chief executive Mike Rewi says the money’s paying for the new...

Funding keeps college alive

By GUY WILLIAMS The last English language school operating in Queenstown is delivering a free, full-time course to 70 former migrant workers after securing government funding. Southern Lakes English College in Shotover St successfully applied for a ‘‘very small’’ slice of...
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