Ministry of Health

No crowd, no worries

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's finally go time for the SkyCity Stampede ice hockey team — but for the first time in its history, the team will be playing in an almost empty arena. Stampede manager Niel Frear says his team and the...

Tracking virus spread

By MATTHEW MCKEW When lockdown ends and people return to bars and restaurants, it's likely customers will have to register their details - a process about to get a lot easier thanks to a Queenstown business duo. Richard McLeod and James...
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...

Prison for wannabe samurai

A Frankton man who threatened a team of arborists with a samurai sword last month has been jailed for 17 months. Jason John Bastion, 32, was arrested by armed police on January 29 after threatening the arborists outside the entrance...
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...
Lakes District Air Rescue Trust is flying on funding fumes. The lower South Island's helicopter rescue service recorded a surplus of just $15,000 last financial year on a turnover of $2.3 million. While the trust has cash reserves and community support, its...

St John ‘stretched’

St John's big bods refuse to say how badly their Queenstown ambulance staff are under the cosh. But one local resident, who says it took St John more than 45 minutes to attend a medical incident involving his family, says...
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