Queenstown Lakes District, Queenstown

18 days ago

Random Acts of Kindness – August 1st to 31st 💖

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

All it takes is a kind gesture to change someone’s day. From paying it forward in line at a cafe to giving flowers to a friend ‘just because’ - this month we’re encouraging our members and supporters to make New Zealand a better place one random act of kindness at a time.

The options for … View more
All it takes is a kind gesture to change someone’s day. From paying it forward in line at a cafe to giving flowers to a friend ‘just because’ - this month we’re encouraging our members and supporters to make New Zealand a better place one random act of kindness at a time.

The options for doing so are endless! Being kind doesn’t have to cost a thing, after all a smile is free. For those who want to go the extra mile, here’s some other ideas: Buy extra kai at the grocery store to donate to a food pantry, help someone with a broken down car or flat tire, bring treats into work for colleagues, send an encouraging text to someone who needs it, let a car into the traffic ahead of you, take a gift over to new neighbours and introduce yourself, write positive messages in chalk on sidewalks around your neighbourhood, or surprise loved ones with a visit.

This month also coincides with World Humanitarian Day on August 19th and Random Acts of Kindness Day (New Zealand) which is on September 1st.

Let us know how you’re spreading kindness in your community by tagging us in your posts + using the following hashtag so we can see what you get up to:

#NSNZrandomactsofkindness

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18 days ago

Poll: What's the most popular night to eat fish and chips?

Virginia Fallon Reporter from Sunday Star Times

While there's no doubt kiwis love their fish and chips, we want to know what's the most popular night to eat them on. Is the takeaway an early-week treat for you or something you get on the weekends? Let us know!
Edited: Thanks for all your responses! With Friday the clear favourite … View more
While there's no doubt kiwis love their fish and chips, we want to know what's the most popular night to eat them on. Is the takeaway an early-week treat for you or something you get on the weekends? Let us know!
Edited: Thanks for all your responses! With Friday the clear favourite here's hoping you enjoy tonight's takeaways :)

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What's the most popular night to eat fish and chips?
  • 1.3% Monday
    1.3% Complete
  • 1.6% Tuesday
    1.6% Complete
  • 3.1% Wednesday
    3.1% Complete
  • 6.2% Thursday
    6.2% Complete
  • 68.1% Friday
    68.1% Complete
  • 12.8% Saturday
    12.8% Complete
  • 6.8% Sunday
    6.8% Complete
1635 votes
18 days ago

Should you be leaving your heat pump on?

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

There's no escaping this icy blast and the chilly temperatures make it tempting to leave your heat pump on, but should you? We've asked some energy experts for the best way to use your heat pump to keep your home toasty, and your energy bills down - and their answers may surprise you. … View moreThere's no escaping this icy blast and the chilly temperatures make it tempting to leave your heat pump on, but should you? We've asked some energy experts for the best way to use your heat pump to keep your home toasty, and your energy bills down - and their answers may surprise you. Check them out, here.

And if you don't have a heat pump, don't despair. There's plenty you can do to make your heating more efficient and your home a little warmer... Here are some common home heating mistakes you may be making and how to fix them.

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20 days ago

Let rich Queenstown people pay for infrastructure instead of tourists, hotel owner says

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

Queenstown property owners are multimillionaires who should be able to pay for the region's infrastructure requirements, a hotel operator says.

Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president Gavin Faull, who has a hotel near Coronet Peak and the Pounamu apartments in Queenstown, this … View more
Queenstown property owners are multimillionaires who should be able to pay for the region's infrastructure requirements, a hotel operator says.

Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president Gavin Faull, who has a hotel near Coronet Peak and the Pounamu apartments in Queenstown, this week announced his company would operate two new hotels near central Queenstown.

New Zealand tourism's long-term prospects were very good, but he was worried about a proposed visitor levy to cover the costs of infrastructure in Queenstown, he said.

"[The Government] has to look after the tourism industry and look after the tourists and not exploit them."

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18 days ago

Family of killed sky diver Tyler Nii fear no one will be held accountable

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

American Tyler Nii died while skydiving in Queenstown. Any chance of justice for his family is slipping away.

19 days ago

'First big dump' of snow hits the South Island, closing highways, skifields

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

Thirty vehicles became stranded on the Crown Range between Queenstown and Wanaka as the snow set in late Tuesday afternoon.

Most were abandoned overnight and would likely be towed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council on Wednesday.

How's the weather at your place today?

20 days ago

Become a Teacher

Ministry Of Education

Take your place alongside our young people.

Every day, New Zealand teachers are creating brighter futures for young people, with lessons that can seem small but are significant in terms of their impact. These are lessons about important life skills such as perseverance, identity, respect and … View more
Take your place alongside our young people.

Every day, New Zealand teachers are creating brighter futures for young people, with lessons that can seem small but are significant in terms of their impact. These are lessons about important life skills such as perseverance, identity, respect and confidence.

Become a teacher and take your place alongside our young people. You’ll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in their lives; to strengthen communities and build a better future for our next generations.
Learn more

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20 days ago

Information sought over boat theft

The team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Police want to hear from anyone with information about a wake boat stolen from Lagoon Avenue, Albert Town, between Friday 26 April and Saturday 11 May 2019.

The 19-foot fibreglass boat is cream in colour with cream upholstery.

It has a chrome wakeboard tower, inbuilt black speakers and a … View more
Police want to hear from anyone with information about a wake boat stolen from Lagoon Avenue, Albert Town, between Friday 26 April and Saturday 11 May 2019.

The 19-foot fibreglass boat is cream in colour with cream upholstery.

It has a chrome wakeboard tower, inbuilt black speakers and a black canopy cover.

Two men have been charged in relation to the incident.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of this boat please contact Police on 105 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Read more

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24 days ago

Skifields reliant on man-made snow

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

At least one southern skifield would not have opened this year without snow-making technology, as abnormally warm temperatures keep natural snow at bay.

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24 days ago

Millbrook Resort founder Eiichi Ishii dies after short illness in Tokyo

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

The founder of Otago's world-renowned Millbrook Resort has died, aged 80.

Japanese businessman Eiichi Ishii, who had owned the 200-hectare resort with his family since 1987,​ died in Tokyo on Thursday following a short illness.

A statement issued by the resort on behalf of his family said … View more
The founder of Otago's world-renowned Millbrook Resort has died, aged 80.

Japanese businessman Eiichi Ishii, who had owned the 200-hectare resort with his family since 1987,​ died in Tokyo on Thursday following a short illness.

A statement issued by the resort on behalf of his family said Ishii's vision and leadership turned Millbrook into the well-known luxury lifestyle resort that it was today.

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24 days ago

Create your own plant stand

The Team from Resene ColorShop Queenstown

Slightly Scandi and very cool, this concrete plant stand is a stylish addition to any home. Finish the legs with your favourite Resene colour.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene.

Find out how to create this quick and easy project yourself.

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25 days ago

Poll: Have you ever challenged a parking ticket?

Stacey Reporter from Stuff

It's true that you agreed to a legally binding contract as soon as you drove into the parking lot. Thankfully, New Zealand law protects consumers from the exploitative clauses that corporates love to slip in the fine print.

Under contract law, parking companies can only claim for "the … View more
It's true that you agreed to a legally binding contract as soon as you drove into the parking lot. Thankfully, New Zealand law protects consumers from the exploitative clauses that corporates love to slip in the fine print.

Under contract law, parking companies can only claim for "the actual and reasonable costs they incurred". Charging $65 for a short overstay in an empty carpark is as far from reasonable as you can get.

To find out what to do in this situation, click here

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Have you ever challenged a parking ticket?
  • 46.9% Yes, and I won!
    46.9% Complete
  • 32.4% Nah, I jut pay it
    32.4% Complete
  • 20.7% Yes, but I still had to pay
    20.7% Complete
1167 votes
26 days ago

We want to hear from you!

energyclubnz

Do you have 2 minutes to share your thoughts? We're looking into what we can do to become a power company you deserve. Complete our survey before the 30th of August you'll be in to WIN 1 of 2 $100 Prezzy cards! Take the survey

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26 days ago

Thank you Countdown stores and shoppers!

Julia de Ruiter from The Salvation Army NZ

We want to say a huge thank you to Countdown Supermarkets stores and shoppers and The Foodbank Project donors for your fantastic support of the 2019 Countdown Food Rescue Winter Appeal. Thanks to your generous donations, our foodbank hubs were able to restock their shelves with essential food items… View moreWe want to say a huge thank you to Countdown Supermarkets stores and shoppers and The Foodbank Project donors for your fantastic support of the 2019 Countdown Food Rescue Winter Appeal. Thanks to your generous donations, our foodbank hubs were able to restock their shelves with essential food items which are much needed during this tough winter period.

Click the link below to watch a heartfelt video of thanks from the team at our Porirua Salvation Army centre!

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26 days ago

SuperGold Cardholders Receive 11-15% off Selected Tyres at Beaurepaires!*

Anna Smith from Beaurepaires Queenstown

Are you a SuperGold Cardholder?

Beaurepaires wants you to arrive safely wherever you travel, which is why we offer SuperGold Cardholders 11 – 15% off Michelin, BFGoodrich, Goodyear and Dunlop Tyres.*

Plus you can get great deals on Exide batteries and Shell Lubricants in-store!

Keep you and … View more
Are you a SuperGold Cardholder?

Beaurepaires wants you to arrive safely wherever you travel, which is why we offer SuperGold Cardholders 11 – 15% off Michelin, BFGoodrich, Goodyear and Dunlop Tyres.*

Plus you can get great deals on Exide batteries and Shell Lubricants in-store!

Keep you and your family safe on the road this winter with our FREE 4 Point Safety Check which includes:
- FREE Tyre Pressure Check
- FREE Battery Check
- FREE Tyre Tread Depth Check
- FREE Oil Check

*T&C's apply.

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