Lakes District Hospital

By PHILIP CHANDLER Two Queenstown darts players threw themselves in to rescue a drugged-up visitor face-planted in urine in a public loo early last Sunday morning. Waiting by the resort’s Athol Street toilets for a ride home after a darts tourney,...

Battler joins the fray

By PHILIP CHANDLER A battle-hardened resort father of three preschoolers, living in a state house and surviving on ACC, wants your vote. Joel Rowlands, 35, is standing for The Opportunities Party (TOP) this election in the local Southland electorate as an advocate for...
By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's centenarian, the remarkable Alex McBurney, was farewelled by 250 people in Invercargill on Monday. The oldest World War II veteran living in the Wakatipu, Alex turned 100 on June 20, celebrating the milestone with his family, including...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks  to government funding, Queenstown's mayor's hopeful construction of the first phase of the resort's long-awaited CBD arterial bypass will start in the second quarter of next year. In a wide-ranging interview, Jim Boult talks about the government's...
An Arrowtown woman was almost five times over the legal booze limit when she wrote off her car at swanky Millbrook Resort in January. The 41-year-old's been granted interim name suppression until her sentencing, next month, on "extreme hardship" grounds, based...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A QUEENSTOWN stem cell company's offering speeded-up testing for the Covid-19 virus spreading the world and locking down New Zealand, and other countries. Regen Cellular, through its network, claims it has access to hundreds of thousands of 15-minute...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hotels in Queenstown may be needed for makeshift hospital wards should an outbreak of Covid-19 become widespread, a doctor's warning. Dr Sam Hazledine, of locally-based recruitment agency MedWorld, is working with the Ministry of Health to pull retired...
By MATTHEW MCKEW MIDWIVES in the Queenstown-Lakes region are carrying out home visits to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection. An alternative location’s also being prepared away from Lakes District Hospital for when home visits aren’t possible. Southern District Health Board’s head...

Lime squeeze

As Queenstowners put the boot into Lime scooters on social media, the resort's chamber of commerce boss warns an "ill-conceived" trial could set back a badly-needed transition to other modes of transport. Anna Mickell says the chamber's not opposed to...
An Arrowtowner's livid that Queenstown's hospital bumped her from a fracture clinic six days after breaking her elbow. After breaking her right elbow in a fall late one recent Saturday night, Lesley Morel drove to Lakes District Hospital (LDH) where...
If you think moving house is hard, try moving an emergency department. Lakes District Hospital staff started moving from the old ED in to the new, purpose-built wing last week – something they've waited nine years to do. The shift was...
Christmas came late for an Arrowtown family who welcomed twins into the world on Boxing Day morning. Chevy-Violet and Shelby-Rogue Welland were born just half an hour after mum Clare, dad Matt and older sister Savannah-Rose arrived at Frankton's Lakes...
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