fundraising

By GUY WILLIAMS After an eight-month hiatus, the Wakatipu Toy Library’s back up and running in a prime Frankton location. Chairwoman Sarah Fredric says the library lost its home of 17 years, at Queenstown’s former campground store at Lakeview, when it had...
Queenstown professional freeskier Pete Oswald’s putting his body on the line for a lofty goal of getting thousands of trees planted in Madagascar. He tells GUY WILLIAMS about a fundraising project that’s helping to save the world and a...

Support keeps Essi smiling

By MATTHEW MCKEW She's back at work and wearing her infamous, infectious smile again thanks to Queenstown’s community spirit. Finnish bartender Essi Lehtonen’s had a tough few months but the staff, regulars and friends of Frankton Arm Tavern rallied round her...

Mega run for mental health

By PHILIP CHANDLER A friend's suspected suicide has prompted a Queenstown ultrarunner and a running mate to undertake a staggering 500 kilometre run to raise awareness and funds for mental health. Starting October 24, Kerryn Bell and Ben Fraser, from Oamaru,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The Wakatipu lost three treasured community stalwarts over one weekend this month with the deaths of Russell McGrouther, Wendy Perkins and Elbert de Koning. Originally a local motelier, Dunedin-raised McGrouther was the resort’s funeral director for 29 years...

Hope held till the end

By PHILIP CHANDLER A remarkable Queenstowner has died in his native Czech Republic, aged only 34, just four months after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Jacob Macak told he'd developed deep vein thrombosis after flying back from Europe given six...
By GUY WILLIAMS Storm damage to a vast stand of pines in Kelvin Heights' Jardine Park means a community-driven landscape plan for the area will start with a cleaner slate. For the past five weeks, a City Hall forestry contractor's been...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ten years to the day of welcoming their first charges, the Arrowtown Preschool team's looking to expand. The Cotter Avenue site marked its milestone birthday on Tuesday, having been built to try to take some of the pressure...

Dead on arrival

By GUY WILLIAMS Not all arrivals are welcome at Queenstown Airport. For some, it's terminal. And the next time a rat, stoat, ferret or hedgehog makes a flying visit to the airport, it'll be taking its life in its paws. In an environmental...
By HUGH COLLINS The organiser of Queenstown’s annual Winter Pride’s staggered he hasn’t received support from a ratepayer-funded tourism body. Martin King wrote to Destination Queenstown, City Hall and Queenstown’s Chamber of Commerce at the start of May in a bid...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Mini Golf's reopening for one last week, at reduced rates, with all admission money helping those affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Owner Nola Pratt had been going to pull the pin last month, after 27 years in...
By HUGH COLLINS A group of Queenstown cat lovers want to ensure the challenges of Covid-19 won't be forcing anyone to give up their feline friends. 'Operation Cuddles' is the first initiative of QT Community Cats, founded in the middle of last...
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