mental health

Hare to help our kids

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new book aimed at helping address anxiety and identify stress in kids has been a labour of love for its Queenstown author. Commercial illustrator Laura Shallcrass released Hare & Ruru, A Quiet Moment last month with Beatnik...

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...

Bike club gains white knight

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s about to put its foot down — and it’s got some serious firepower behind it. New Zealand tech entrepreneur and Xero co-founder Rod Drury says he decided a while ago to get back into...

Mega run for mental health

By PHILIP CHANDLER A friend's suspected suicide has prompted a Queenstown ultrarunner and a running mate to undertake a staggering 500 kilometre run to raise awareness and funds for mental health. Starting October 24, Kerryn Bell and Ben Fraser, from Oamaru,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Having mental health as the theme for a play has emboldened Queenstown’s Remarkable Theatre to continue staging it despite the uncertainties of Covid-19 restrictions. The play, Cosi — being performed at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall from September 10...

Business savvy gets glammed

By TRACEY ROXBURGH What started as frustration about four years ago has morphed into a new business for a Queenstowner entrepreneur. Susana Tamega, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, moved to the resort four years ago. In her home city it was normal for...
Let's face it. Most of us prick up our ears if we hear that someone appearing in court has been given name suppression. It’s human nature to be curious, and no one likes the feeling of not knowing what’s going on. The...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH An Arrowtown charity's run off its feet right now - but the Wakatipu community's swung in behind to support it. This month a 20-foot storage container, courtesy of AJ Saville Builders, was dropped off on the St John's...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's delivered another warning about mental health issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. Speaking at a function last Friday, marking the start of construction of Queenstown's first surgical hospital, he specifically addressed his remarks to Southern...
It's never been harder to be a migrant in Queenstown, with their numbers disproportionately represented in the ranks of those currently losing their jobs. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to two members from the largest migrant group, Brazilians, who've been working hard to support their...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Christchurch man traumatised by last year's terror attack this week visited a Queenstown hotel to thank staff for their kindness in the aftermath. Yama Nabi presented a handmade rug to The Rees Hotel his family are pictured with...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH One hundred women will unite in Queenstown this year to give a game-changing $100,000 grant to one local charity or not-for-profit group. Impact100, the brainchild of American Wendy Steele, sees 100 women each donate $1000 to the main...
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