Robyn Francis

A helping hand

Out-of-town businesses running conferences and events in Queenstown now have a way to meaningfully contribute to the local community. Destination Queenstown, along with its convention bureau, have launched a corporate social responsibility programme called ‘Community Connection’. It introduces 16 established not-for-profits and trusts...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks to a Queenstowner's initiative, Otago and Southland Covid-19 lockdown heroes have been rewarded with free accommodation, activities, attractions and meals shouted by Southern operators. John Cushen set up Southern Heroes NZ after being moved by the story of...

Our helping hands

By HUGH COLLINS Local community centres are set to hit the frontline in Queenstown's response to the Covid-19 crisis. Happiness House, Wakatipu's only community drop-in centre, has seen an increase in inquiries in the wake of the outbreak, manager Robyn Francis...
It's a happy dilemma to be in; success from Coronet Peak's Happiness Trees Christmas fundraiser means they've had to find a new source of wilding pines this year. The fundraiser, now in its third year, raises money for Queenstown's community-based...
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