mental health awareness

Plum award for plumber

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown commercial maintenance plumber Alan Wharton’s won a prestigious industry award. He’s pictured late last month after accepting the James Douglas Medallion for newly-qualified tradespersons at the New Zealand Plumbing Awards in Blenheim. Wharton recently completed his Masterlink apprenticeship...

Hoping to help mental health

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Under-resourcing and difficulty accessing mental health services are two key challenges for Whakatipu residents, a new report says. The Wakatipu Mental Health Forum was held in November, attended by 80 people, including a cross-section of residents and local agency...

Fiona’s win

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown triathlete says winning a new award, which recognises athletes overcoming obstacles, outshone her recent race success. Fiona Gallagher, 27, came second in her age group at last month’s Tauranga Half in a time of 4 hours,...

New role helping men talk

By MATTHEW MCKEW Campaigns to encourage men to seek mental health support appear to be paying off, with health bods saying plenty are coming forward in Queenstown. It coincides with a new role introduced to Queenstown Medical Centre in August called...

Free pilot to start

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstowner Mel Haarer isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to describing 2020. It’s been ‘‘a complete shit show, let’s face it’’. But she’s using her experience over the last couple of years, delivering wellbeing workshops to corporate clients,...

Jumping onboard for St John

By PHILIP CHANDLER It started as a crazy idea but it’s set to be a huge fundraiser for St John. Queenstowner Jason Medina’s planning on September 17 to complete up to 100 canyon swings with the ambitious goal of raising $50,000...
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