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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...

New alert system inbound

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new two-way communication tool’s being introduced to Otago region, following a trial in Queenstown’s Kelvin Heights, among other places, over the past year. ‘Gets Ready’ was set up in the Selwyn District after the Canterbury earthquakes and...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The stripper had already been and gone when another male visited a hen’s party in Queenstown last Saturday night — by accident. The male ‘gatecrashed’ the party by driving into the ground floor of a Lomond Crescent property. Luckily,...

Privacy fears

By MATTHEW MCKEW Concerned Lake Hayes Estate residents fear disruption and an end to privacy if a proposed new road into the Queenstown suburb goes ahead. The route’s appeared in all three City Hall draft masterplans for developing Ladies Mile, north...

Trial runs late

By GUY WILLIAMS As Rachel Hunter might say, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. That’s the word from the Otago Regional Council, which tells Mountain Scene the long-awaited trial of a subsidised ferry service on Lake Whakatipu will happen,...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH There's been no training, there’s not an official coach, and half the side are ring-ins, but the Lakeside Rugby Club’s still in it to win it this weekend in its first game in about seven years. Club secretary...

Relief, sadness at Ohau

By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown architect whose holiday home survived the huge blaze that swept through Lake Ohau Alpine Village this week says it’s a miracle no one died. Ian Adamson says it’s ‘‘raw’’ to talk about because his family is...

Fernhill hotel’s consent fail

By GUY WILLIAMS Independent commissioners have refused resource consent for a controversial $100 million hotel in Fernhill. Coherent Hotel Ltd applied last December for an eight-storey, 89-room hotel on a 10,400sqm site in Queenstown’s Aspen Grove, below the Kamana Lakehouse hotel,...
In preparation for writing a second political piece in the lead-up to the general election, I was contemplating which big issues residents in the Queenstown Lakes would be most concerned with. Rather than spouting anecdotes, I went to the findings...
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