health and safety

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...

‘Mrs Kindy’ retires

By PHILIP CHANDLER 'End of an era’ can be used a bit loosely, but when applied to the impending retirement of Wakatipu Kindergarten’s Sally Hogg, it’s entirely apt. Immensely popular with pupils, parents and fellow teachers, she’s stepping down after 31...

Student labouring

By MATTHEW MCKEW Nothing's normal this year and even the annual Year 10 Work Day’s been through a change, but perhaps for the better, the organiser says. For well over 50 years, Wakatipu High students in Queenstown have gone on ‘‘an...

Young iwi rep building bridges

Born-and-bred Queenstowner Mike Rewi’s fitting of the ‘renaissance man’ label. A long- time Wakatipu Prems rugby winger, he’s dabbled in a music career, but he tells HUGH COLLINS he now spends as much time as he can volunteering with his iwi,...
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...

Pole fall fears

A Delta whistleblower fears someone might be killed if more rotten Queenstown power poles fall over. The infrastructure company is pumping an extra $26 million into replacing dodgy poles across Otago, upping the replacement rate from about 50 a month to...
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