Queenstown police

By ANNA LEASK A 20-year-old Cromwell man’s been arrested and charged with robbery following a violent attack on a ‘‘good samaritan’’ near Queenstown in March. But the alleged victim’s also being charged after cops established the attack wasn’t random. At the time,...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Security is being upped at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital because of the ‘‘huge’’ numbers showing up off their faces on drugs and booze. Papers released last week by Southern District Health Board reveal ‘‘security issues persist at Lakes...

‘I’ve lost everything’

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A long, deep scar runs along the right side of Sapumal Wijenayake’s skull. Beneath it, four titanium plates have been screwed in. A less obvious scar, concealed by his hair, runs along the left side of his head. They serve...

Racism shocks, disappoints

By MATTHEW MCKEW Hate-filled posters plastered on and around Queenstown’s new Islamic centre have shocked and disappointed staff from neighbouring businesses. Mountain Scene discovered the posters dotted around the Gorge Road Retail Centre yesterday morning — Queenstown police were on site...

Fallen colleagues recalled

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Two hundred and five names were read out in Queenstown’s St Peter’s Church on Tuesday morning, as members of the resort’s thin blue line, and other members of the community, gathered for the annual Police Remembrance Day. The...
Jason Medina's a long-time Queenstown resident who last week completed 100 Canyon Swings in one day, raising money for St John after the charity and two resort cops saved his life last year Last Thursday morning I woke up early,...

Tree-mendous day planned

By PHILIP CHANDLER If we’re back to Alert Level 1 by September 21, Jardine Park will host one of Queenstown’s biggest ever community planting days. Under the ‘Stars programme’, introduced to Wakatipu High this year, more than 350 students from Years...

Abuse concerns

By MATTHEW MCKEW There are fears Covid-19 is providing the perfect excuse for abusers to isolate their victims, Age Concern’s warning. It comes at the same time as a City Hall report says Queenstown’s ‘‘young people’’ are facing ‘‘alcohol, drug and eating...

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...

Thieves come clean

By TRACEY ROXBURGH All but one of the four people who stole items from outside Queenstown’s Hospice Shop late last month have had an attack of conscience. As reported in last week’s Mountain Scene, well-meaning Queenstowners dropped items off outside the Gorge Road...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH How low can you go? Four thieves have been captured on camera nicking skis, poles — and a kettle — which have a combined conservative value of $800 from outside Hospice Shop Queenstown on Sunday. Store manager John ‘Boggy’...
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...
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