Health

So you’re Brad Pitt…

A former Queenstowner has named her rare form of breast cancer after Brad Pitt – and her old employer is fundraising for the charities helping her to beat it. Rebecca van Dijk, aka Bexie Bubbles, was renowned as a "bit...
Queenstown urgently needs a better formula for funding healthcare due to its "rapidly changing population". That's the view of district councillor and health advocate John MacDonald. Health Minister David Clark said he intends for a review of the population-based formula used...
The number of people seeking help for addictions in Queenstown has doubled in two years. And health bosses admit resources in the resort aren't good enough. Southern District Health Board figures show 136 people accessed its addiction assessment and treatment service...
Work on an extension and revamp of Queenstown's "substandard'' Lakes District Hospital will start next year. While details remain sparse, Southern District Health Board deputy commissioner Richard Thomson confirms the price-tag is "definitely north of $5million". Speaking at a Grey Power...
A Queenstown vet treated a well-known human during a recent mid-air medical scare. Broadcaster Jason Gunn was flying back to Christchurch from his Queenstown holiday home when he passed out after overdosing on medication. Locally-based Ngaire Dixon was returning to Christchurch,...

Top charity spot lopped

A Queenstown teenager who shaved off his locks at the weekend is close to being one of the top individual fundraisers for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. Benji Crossan, 14, decided to take part in Shave for a Cure...
There couldn't be a more appropriate entertainer for an upcoming Cancer Society fundraiser on Milford Sound than long-time Queenstown muso Nigel Hirst. Hirst – who'll perform, along with his wife Margaret O'Hanlon, on a Real Journeys overnight cruise on September...
Decked out with a pink helmet and red ski jacket, 9-year-old Phoebe Finlay looks like any other child learning to ski at Coronet Peak. But she's negotiating the slopes primarily using hearing and her "special eyes". Queenstown's "miracle baby", who now...
How much should we talk or write about suicide, asks Paul Taylor. Last week, Wakatipu High School warned parents about TV show 13 Reasons Why, which some claim glamorises teen suicide. It has a three-minute suicide scene and as such an RP18...
He calls the role unglamorous, but recently-retired medical officer of health, doctor Derek Bell, has confronted several serious public health challenges over the past 19 years. He discusses these, along with his next move, with Philip Chandler Though he's modest,...

Public health warning

A Queenstown health expert believes "unbridled growth" is affecting the health of the resort's workforce. Recently-retired medical officer of health Doctor Derek Bell is concerned growth leads to over-crowding and combined with party lifestyles puts them at risk of serious...
A Queenstowner facing life-threatening cancer says it's making her a better person. Former radio broadcaster and comedian Emma Lange was diagnosed with an invasive brain tumour six months ago, after an MRI scan. "Kaboom, they found it, it's big, about a...
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