Wakatipu Community Foundation

By PHILIP CHANDLER It takes one to know one. The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall was guest speaker at a Queenstown function recently where local investor and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar was made a distinguished fellow of the Institute of Directors. Having...

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...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A new Queenstown charitable trust with a focus on mental health has received a $40,000 funding boost from Central Lakes Trust. The Southern Wellbeing Trust was co-founded in September by local GP Tim Rigg and health communications specialist...
By PHILIP CHANDLER As if Beatrice Onions’ first semester studying performing arts at New York University wasn’t dramatic enough, it took another interesting twist last week. Because of Covid-19, the 21-year-old Queenstowner, who first took drama classes at the age of...

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...

Needs fund tops $1m

By TRACEY ROXBURGH In just over six months more than $1 million has been raised for the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund. Established by Queenstown’s fundraising queen Kaye Parker during Alert Level 4 lockdown to provide financial support to front-line charities in...

US foundation’s funding

By TRACEY ROXBURGH An off-road cycle trail connecting Tucker Beach to Arthurs Point and Arrowtown’s one step closer thanks to a whopping donation by a United States-based foundation. The Morgridge Family Foundation’s given $36,000 to the Queenstown Trails Trust, through the Wakatipu...
Martin Hawes is a financial advisor, wealth coach and author who called Queenstown home for 20 yearsbefore moving to Christchurch When life changes, conventional wisdom says you should revisit your will. After 20 years of living in the Wakatipu Basin, I...

Michael Hill … violinist

By BETHANY ROGERS Jewellery magnate Sir Michael Hill's first violin concert in almost a quarter of a century's a sell-out. Hill, his grandson Jacob, professional pianist Kinga Krupa and soprano Tamaki Iida will play two concerts next week in aid of...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Talk about rare. Take a 265-year-old violin, which has already survived several plagues prior to Covid-19, a mega-jeweller and a 12-year-old prodigy — representing two generations of their family — and you’ve got a series of concerts, the...

Teens dish out cash

By TRACEY ROXBURGH A philanthropic programme, run by teens, is gearing up to grant $10,000 to local charities. Generation Give, a Wakatipu High School programme run in partnership with the Wakatipu Community Foundation, was established last year, based on similar youth...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A resort video production company’s given itself one hell of a challenge next month, which will hopefully raise at least $3500 for the Wakatipu Community Foundation’s Greatest Needs Fund. Shotover Media’s aiming to shoot 36 promo videos, for 36...
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