Happiness House

Niki Mason, who last Friday finished five-and-a-half years as coordinator of Queenstown's Happiness House, says she's seen progressively more people struggling over that time. "It's extremely hard out there when most of your money goes on rent," she says. Mason's left...

Running through the pain

A first-time marathon runner who's prepping for the big race won't even let a nasty knee injury get in the way of her fundraising efforts. Sunshine Bay local Rebecca Conway, 28, has set herself one of the biggest challenges of...

Centre handed reprieve

Uncertainty over the future of Queenstown's Happiness House has been removed. It ain't moving – or at least not for two years. The community support centre, which supports families and individuals struggling with high rents and living costs, has leased Park...
A prime site near the heart of Queenstown sold at auction last Friday for more than $2.2 million, after almost 20 minutes of toe-to-toe bidding. It is believed to be one of the highest sales in the resort in terms of...

Plea for more buddies

If you'd like to make a positive difference in a youngster's life, here's your chance. Queenstown's Big Buddy programme, with support from Mountain Scene and MediaWorks, is appealing for locals willing to spend two or three hours a week with...

Agency seeks new digs

Queenstown's Happiness House is after a new home. The landlord for the community support centre – based at 4 Park Street for the past 13 years – has given notice that its lease won't be renewed after October next year. Originally...
A Queenstowner is criticising buyers in an entry-level subdivision for selling their sections for major capital gains. Lesley Turner, who's helping her daughter find a property, has found seven section owners at Queenstown's Bridesdale Farm, adjoining Lake Hayes Estate, trying...
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