Southern District Health Board

By GUY WILLIAMS Covid-19 vaccine jabs will start going into arms in Queenstown today. The milestone comes only a few weeks after the 12-month anniversary of a female Danish tourist becoming the resort’s — and the South Island’s — first confirmed...
By GUY WILLIAMS A small jet flew from Sydney to Queenstown on Tuesday, picked up a passenger and flew back to the Australian city. The Embraer Phenom 300 landed just after midday with an Australian pilot onboard, picked up the passenger —...
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...

Arsenic alarm

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown rural landowners are on high alert over arsenic poisoning in their drinking water. Regional medical officer of health Susan Jack last month warned about 200 householders not to drink their bore water till it’s tested, as ‘‘elevated...

United we stand

COMMUNITY. In March, as this town, and our country, went into lockdown and the reality and ramifications of Covid-19 on the Whakatipu started to hit home, Mountain Scene published a message on our front page, reminding us all our community...

‘Grossly unfair’

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown joinery company’s fighting an Immigration New Zealand (INZ) decision to exile a highly-valued employee, who’s also an elite athlete, on health grounds. UK-born Clint Williams has worked for Formatt Bespoke Joinery Co, where he’s workshop manager,...

New role helping men talk

By MATTHEW MCKEW Campaigns to encourage men to seek mental health support appear to be paying off, with health bods saying plenty are coming forward in Queenstown. It coincides with a new role introduced to Queenstown Medical Centre in August called...

Crisis coping

By MATTHEW MCKEW If you fell from a plane with no parachute you would have every right to panic — but that doesn’t make you an anxious person. Southern District Health Board consultant clinical psychologist Henck van Bilsen says it’s the...

Mystery Shotover gondola

By MATTHEW MCKEW Another gondola, this one running parallel to Shotover Bridge, and a new hospital, are two new ideas contained in the Frankton Masterplan discussed yesterday by City Hall. Released on Monday, the document details a council spend of $83...

‘Bespoke’ base

By MATTHEW MCKEW West Indies cricketing legend Chris Gayle could be among international sporting superstars based in Queenstown if there’s progress on talks to make the resort a ‘‘bespoke’’ isolation base. City Hall, the government, Southern District Health Board, NZ Cricket...

Battler joins the fray

By PHILIP CHANDLER A battle-hardened resort father of three preschoolers, living in a state house and surviving on ACC, wants your vote. Joel Rowlands, 35, is standing for The Opportunities Party (TOP) this election in the local Southland electorate as an advocate for...

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...
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