surgery

‘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...

Firey’s March climb

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown firefighter who’s participated in firefighters’ stair climbs around the world is starting one in his backyard. Frankton station officer Jamie Harris is hosting a Queenstown Hill climb, ‘March March’, on March 27. It’s aimed at firefighters and...

‘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,...

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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Amidst a health crisis, it's apt foundation works on Queenstown's first surgical hospital started this week. The $20 million-plus hospital's being built next to the Queenstown Country Club by the retirement village's original developer, Sanderson Group. Despite a slight delay...
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