Health

MOST of us hold strong opinions as to what we want from elected officials, but are they well informed and do we apply enough rigour in our judgement of politicians and how their policies actually deliver on the ideals we hold...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's mayor says we need to be single-minded and take a united stand to ‘‘save our district’’. Of all the regions in New Zealand affected by Covid-19, the Queenstown Lakes will take the biggest hit, due to our...

Measles outbreak

Five Queenstown residents diagnosed with measles all work as ski and snowboard instructors. Southern District Health Board confirmed five of the seven people who've tested positive for the highly-contagious disease in the resort in recent weeks work on the mountains. At...
A Queenstown mum's launched a petition calling on the government to scrap the use of amalgam dental fillings – at least for children – due to fears over mercury poisoning. Victoria Ludemann, who's lived in Queenstown since 2001, has a...
The project consultant for a proposed independent hospital in Queenstown says the joint venture partners are making good progress on design and specs. The original partner is large Kiwi private hospital operator, Southern Cross Hospitals. It was joined last November...
A Queenstowner who took to social media upset about the cost and booking process at Queenstown Medical Centre has prompted a horde of others to share similar reviews. Stephen Tarawa's been living in Queenstown about 14 years but was shocked...
Demand for flu jabs has kept Queenstown doctors and pharmacists under the pump, as a surge of people rush to protect themselves against nasty winter illnesses. But a nationwide vaccination shortage's been causing headaches for local health care staff, who've...

Life through a lens

A Queenstown photographer has a plan for "paying it forward" to help out families like her own. Mandy Keep's elder son Max, eight, was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome at 15 months. The rare genetic condition causes heart defects, developmental delays and...

Fresh start for doctor

"Here you have earthquake drills, over there you have shooting drills." Rising gun violence, coupled with a massive workload, prompted Queenstown's newest doctor to pack his bags and move his family from Florida to the resort. Honduran-born Dr Carlos Fuentes made...

Air ambulance bid

A Queenstown couple is raising money to transform an old chopper into an air ambulance for vulnerable Pacific Islanders. Volunteers Dr Derek Allen and midwife Diana Watson, who run the non-governmental organisation TroppoDoc, returned to work in Vanuatu last week...
A former Southland high country farmer who's remained creative despite the onset of Alzheimer's is about to launch a collection of his poetry. Des O'Brien, 82, only began to put pen to paper a decade ago, after attending summer courses...

Resort lags on bowel curve

Too many Queenstowners aren't taking free bowel cancer screening tests. The tests are free for those aged 60 to 74 who are eligible for public healthcare. However Queenstown-Lakes has the lowest response rate out of all Southern District Health Board areas. Only...
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