Hamish Walker

We’re still waiting

Four hundred and forty-two. That's how many days it's been since the Southern District Health Board announced it was boosting Queenstown's mental health provision with an after-hours service. Yet that service is yet to get off the ground. The delay has sparked...

‘Faecal Peak’

Department of Conservation's dithering over a loo on Ben Lomond as the shit literally keeps piling up. More than 30,000 people a year are walking the trail up the 1748m mountain behind Queenstown. As the hordes increase, the area's becoming increasingly...
A Belgian 89-year-old who's frequented Queenstown for 27 summers is overjoyed she's won a massive battle with Immigration New Zealand to prolong her latest visit. Immigration NZ has bent its rules to grant Luce Wilsens, whose plight featured in Mountain...

I’m battling for change

OPINION: Queenstown has grown rapidly in the past 10 years, the growth even started before then. Our beautiful piece of paradise became home to many, and as a result the town has expanded more and more on the fringes. Take Shotover...
Residents in Queenstown's Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country wanting housing assistance are potentially $120 to $150 a week worse off than other locals. The anomaly arises because for Work and Income's accommodation supplement – for people struggling with the...

Hamish for PM?

Will Hamish Walker be New Zealand's next Prime Minister? Yeah, probably not. But the Clutha-Southland backbench MP has made a surprise appearance on a preferred PM poll. A One News poll obtained by Mountain Scene shows Walker is the sixth most popular...
Queenstown's MP Hamish Walker will vote against a Bill that would legalise some forms of euthanasia. ACT MP David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill, up for its second reading this month, has generated heated debate around the country. It's also...
Politicians will put their bodies on the line in Queenstown today for a special rugby match. The Parliamentary Rugby Team, at the initiative of local MP Hamish Walker, will play the Blair Vining Invitational Side, kicking off 2.30pm at the...
OPINION: We've reached desperation point, Queenstown, and don't we know it. The strain on infrastructure is becoming more and more evident and we need intervention – and we needed it yesterday. That's why I've been lobbying different ministers, including the Minister...

Walker the walker

Local MP Hamish Walker is running to prepare for a walk. The Clutha-Southland MP has signed up for the first 24-hour Relay for Life Cancer Society fundraiser in Queenstown. Walker will walk the entire 24 hours solo, on a lap around...
Happy New Year! Christmas has been and gone and I'd like to wish you all happy holidays. For those in the Queenstown area for the holidays, welcome, we hope you enjoy our piece of paradise as much as we do. For those...

Resort teen Beehive-bound

A Queenstown teen is ready to swap school for the Beehive after being named Youth MP for Clutha-Southland. Tristan Taquet, 16, is excited about tackling the role, which'll see him attend select committees and debate issues at Parliament. He reckons it'll...
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