Ministry of Education

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A proper knees-up’s on the way for Arrowtown tonight — in part to wash away the Covid blues, but also raising much-needed money to help fund the town’s preschool extension. Announced last June, a decade after the Arrowtown...
By KERRIE WATERWORTH and MARK PRICE Queenstown Lakes councillors have agreed to start community engagement on a draft masterplan and associated planning provisions for Ladies Mile between Frankton and Lake Hayes. City Hall planning and development boss Tony Avery says the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The team behind tomorrow's Queenstown Primary School fair’s determined to raise the bar to make up for last year’s Covid-induced cancellation. Old favourites returning include The Great Crockery Smash, chocolate hunt and police car rides. There’ll also be a bouncy...
By GUY WILLIAMS Education ministry staff were in Queenstown this week getting public feedback on its plans to bring in enrolment zones for Queenstown Primary School and the under-construction Te Kura Whakatipu o Kawarau school in Hanley’s Farm. The ministry’s also...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown parents are devastated Ministry of Education’s (MoE) refused support funding for a son with high learning needs, despite admitting he meets the criteria. Eleven-year-old Tui Wilkinson’s school, Remarkables Primary, received in-class support for the past two years...

Needs fund tops $1m

By TRACEY ROXBURGH In just over six months more than $1 million has been raised for the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Established by Queenstown’s fundraising queen Kaye Parker during Alert Level 4 lockdown to provide financial support to front-line charities in...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu High principal Steve Hall’s requested a meeting with the owner of  vaping store opening a stone’s throw from the school’s entrance. Shosha, a national vaping products retailer, is opening the store in the Wyndham Garden hotel building...

Whakatipu time

By PHILIP CHANDLER Highly-respected Ngai Tahu elder Sir Tipene O’Regan says it’s time Queenstowners put an ‘h’ in ‘Wakatipu’. ‘Whakatipu’ is the undisputed traditional Maori spelling, however ‘Wakatipu’ has been employed since early European days and pops up in everything from...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH In a first for the Wakatipu, a fully-funded social worker’s been put into all Queenstown primary schools. Central Lakes Family Services social worker in schools — or SWIS — Fiona Stephenson started in the full-time, permanent position —...
By HUGH COLLINS A local mountaineer has documented what he believes may be the first climb of its kind in the Wakatipu Basin. Guillaume Charton's 15-minute film, titled (re)Discovering Remarkables, will be shown during this weekend's NZ Mountain Film Festival in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Ten years to the day of welcoming their first charges, the Arrowtown Preschool team's looking to expand. The Cotter Avenue site marked its milestone birthday on Tuesday, having been built to try to take some of the pressure...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Plans are afoot for an almost total rebuild of Queenstown Primary School. The Robins Road school's working on a 10-year masterplan in which the only buildings to survive would be the hall and the intermediate and junior blocks...
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