Salvation Army

By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of the most highly-anticipated stores in Queenstown will finally open its doors this month. Bunnings Queenstown’s putting the finishing touches on its $40 million, 8100 square metre building, on the Frankton Flats, after a protracted process spanning three...

This one’s for you, Merv

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It starts with a kiss. By the end of it, the motliest-looking corps de ballet you’ll ever likely see should count themselves lucky not to have pulled a hammy, or worse. The Remarkables Men’s Ballet troupe is back on...

Student labouring

By MATTHEW MCKEW Nothing's normal this year and even the annual Year 10 Work Day’s been through a change, but perhaps for the better, the organiser says. For well over 50 years, Wakatipu High students in Queenstown have gone on ‘‘an...

Minutes from death

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A fire investigator says residents of a Huff Street house who lost everything in a Queenstown fire early on Saturday were just minutes away from possible death. About 25 volunteer firefighters from Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown, Cromwell and Alexandra...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH An Arrowtown charity's run off its feet right now - but the Wakatipu community's swung in behind to support it. This month a 20-foot storage container, courtesy of AJ Saville Builders, was dropped off on the St John's...
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...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH McDonald's is forging ahead with a $4 million-plus redevelopment of a Queenstown CBD building, to deliver salivation. The restaurant chain's taken over the lease on the former Salvation Army premises, on Camp Street, right beside KFC, opposite its former...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH In three weeks, a group of community-minded Queenstowners have raised almost $430,000, sought expressions of interest from frontline charities in need, and granted more than $150,000 to help with the immediate need in the Wakatipu. Well-known Kelvin Heights...

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...
Just about everyone in Queenstown has heard a story about someone living in a car or in a tent, or someone quitting town entirely because they cannot afford to live here. And, if they haven't heard a story about someone...

Resort rehab

It's no secret Queenstown's a party town, but a long-time social worker says things have become so bad, it needs its own rehab facility. And she wants booze barons to help pay for it. Salvation Army social worker Hine Marchand, who's...

Sallies sell up

A piece of prime real estate in Queenstown's CBD has been snapped up. The purchase of the Salvation Army premises in Camp Street paves the way for the Sallies' new mega-complex at Frankton. Local Salvation Army lieutenant Andrew Wilson confirms the...
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