Mountain Scene was last week named runner-up in the New Zealand Community Newspapers ‘Best Community Newspaper’ for 2023.

Judges commented Queenstown’s one of the most challenged in the country when it comes to social issues and Scene is ‘‘all over the issues and is constantly pointing out to the authorities where they have let their community down’’.

They note the paper’s following within the community is ‘‘obvious’’ given the solid support it enjoys when it comes to campaigning against governmental decisions that have a large impact on our district’s people.

‘‘Alongside that, the Mountain Scene shows it is very close to the community with its support and promotion of many community organisations.

‘‘The regular socials pages depicting ordinary people doing great things are a welcome inclusion.

‘‘The reporters are obviously very busy keeping their ears to the ground, and they are writing well-crafted stories.’’

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