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Money stress help

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is hoping to help resort residents avoid get ting to ‘‘mental health crisis’’ point with a new service. Noticing a nexus between financial stress and hardship and mental health struggles last year, CAB’s...

Further history uncovered

By PHILIP CHANDLER A former Arrowtowner claims she’s now found the stone ruins of an entire goldmining settlement above the Arrow River. Tauranga-based Jan Morrison’s on a mission to restore Cooper’s Terrace, a kilometre from Arrowtown, to how it looked in...

It’s closing time

By GUY WILLIAMS Three long-time downtown Queenstown business owners say the next six months will determine the fate of many like them. One’s closing his restaurant for good, another says he’s staring at a ‘‘bloody long autumn’’, while the third predicts...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's biggest live music venue has become another Covid victim. Loco nightclub, which is part of the Base Backpackers complex, closes its doors after next weekend. In a Facebook post this week, it announces, ‘‘with the heaviest of hearts’’,...

Covid reduces quality of life

By KERRIE WATERWORTH Concerns about ‘‘extremely high’’ rent prices, the high cost of heating, access to mental  health services and an over-reliance on tourism are among issues raised in Queenstown’s council’s most recent ‘quality of life’ survey. The third annual survey...
In 1967 Skyline had been running VWvans up to Bob’s Peak for four years. The tourists were having a fun, albeit bumpy, ride but the repairs and maintenance costs on the vans were taking a serious toll on the fledgling...
WE have a problem. And no, it’s nothing to do with Covid-19, although it does appear that this particular problem has got worse this year. It is the carnage that goes on downtown in both Queenstown and Wanaka, in the wee...

Beekeeper buzzing

By GUY WILLIAMS A collective of honey producers in Queenstown is shaking off the sting of fewer tourists and spreading its wings in local outlets. Raymond Key set up the Local Honey Collective 18 months ago to support small-scale beekeepers like...
LAST week I moved to Fernhill, and the walk from Mountain Scene HQ to my new home’s been a perfect reminder of why I left London. Long gone are the smelly, hot days of the tube and now, thankfully, so...
Farmer, family man, gold fossicker, hunter, historian, shearer, bugler and, above all, a character. On the eve of his 90th birthday, lifelong Queenstowner Alan ‘Hammy’ Hamilton talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about his life and times One of Queenstown’s longest-lived locals and...

Covid-19 forces DQ cuts

TWO more Destination Queenstown staff have been made redundant. In a statement, DQ interim boss Ann Lockhart says it’s ‘‘with much regret’’ the board’s disestablished the international markets manager roles for both Asia and Western, held, respectively, by Ella Zhang...
A German national who apparently funded his stay in Queenstown by selling drugs is now a guest of Her Majesty, having been sentenced to 26 months in the slammer. Sven Stephan Harrieder, 30, had previously admitted possession of cannabis for...
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