lockdown

‘Covid made us stronger’

By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's a hell of a time to be in hospo, but two Queenstown business owners have used Covid to their advantage, taking their businesses from strength to strength, and are now in the running for a RealNZ...

Foul Frankton pong horrifies

By PHILIP CHANDLER Residents of Queenstown’s ‘Old Frankton’ subdivision, who’ve been complaining about the horrific stench of raw sewage for about three years, are at last being listened to. The smell, affecting house holders in Boyes Crescent, Wilmot Avenue and Bridge Street,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's kids’ book on teddy bears’ goings-on during last year’s Covid lockdown is about to bear fruit for a children’s health research charity. John Cushen last week handed over $10,000 to Cure Kids’ CEO Frances Benge from...

More help for kids & parents

By CASS MARRETT Queenstown's Central Lakes Family Services (CLFS) is recruiting for staff in the wake of steadily-increasing referrals for families and children since last year’s lockdown. The referrals are coming from ‘‘all over the community’’ including self-referrals, referrals from agencies,...
Though from the other side of the world, Queenstown — for both its natural beauty and its people — became Luce Wilsens’ holiday retreat for 30 years. Following her recent death, friends tell PHILIP CHANDLER what was so special...
By GUY WILLIAMS Police have taken action against 59 people who breached Covid restrictions in Queenstown during the three-week lockdown that ended last month. They include resort property developer Min ‘Homy’ Yang, who this week denied a charge stemming from alleged...

Army digs closing in

By CASS MARRETT About $1 million is still needed to fund Queenstown Salvation Army’s new community and social wellbeing hub in Remarkables Park. The build, which will cost $9.4 million in total, is estimated to take 12 months, likely beginning early...

Lockdown alarm

By GUY WILLIAMS Nearly half of Queenstown accommodation and hospo business owners responding to a recent survey say they expect to go under in the next three to six months if Auckland stays in lockdown. The survey was carried out two weeks...
By CASS MARRETT Queenstown's mayor Jim Boult wants the district to be the first in the South, and New Zealand, to have 95% of the population fully vaccinated against Covid. And with less than 10% of the district’s enrolled population yet...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Local mayoress Karen Boult and her daughter Victoria Boult are pictured after judging a Queenstown Primary School cooking/baking competition recently. ‘Hungry Games 2021’ — named after The Hunger Games novel trilogy — featured three teams of finalists chosen...
By CASS MARRETT Referrals for sexual harm and family violence have skyrocketed in Queenstown over the most recent lockdown. Queenstown Central Lakes Family Services clinical manager Fiona Young says, when compared to last year’s lockdown, numbers have grown by 50% for sexual harm...
By GUY WILLIAMS After two postponements, an Antarctic Heritage Trust expedition to cross a new ski-touring route near Queenstown has been put off until next winter. In May, the trust advertised for five young Kiwis to take part in a five-day journey...
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