Confessions of a Queenstown Dad | July 2021

Confessions of a Queenstown Dad | July 2021 1394 1396 The Flyer Magazine

While sitting here in Auckland, (after literally fighting through traffic this morning) I’m reminded of how we have changed in Queenstown in the last 20 years. 

I’ve spent more than half my life in Queenstown and have LOVED this town. From living in Arrowtown, to Fernhill and Queenstown Hill, to Lake Hayes Estate and every place in between. Throughout this whole time three things have NOT changed. 

1. The people in Queenstown (both the rich and the poor are incredibly generous). 

2. That despite our circumstances, we stand by each other. 

3. People lose their possessions in the Bermuda Triangle in Queenstown. This is the triangle between Bordeaux, BarUp and Ballarat. Not only jackets, but passports, wallets and dignity.

We have grown into a strange beast. A place where fortunes are still made and lost. Cowboys come and go and real estate just keeps on going up. I remember when I was living in Frankton and the landlord offered for us to buy the house we were living in. He said we could have it for $150,000 and we told him he was dreaming and no one would buy it for that. Oh, the folly of youth. 

If I had any advice for those moving into Queenstown it would be this: 

1. Find a church or a sports club to join, as a family is important. 

2. Volunteer to help with any of the amazing charities we have. 

3. Spend less money on the weekends and put some of that money aside into your KiwiSaver or investment. The sooner you start the more exponentially that money grows and the sooner you can buy your own house. 

4. Make sure you spend time taking “timeout” to look after yourself (especially your mental health). 

5. Go and see a show and appreciate the amazing talent we have in Queenstown. 

6. Spend as much time as you can outside in our AMAZING town. Please don’t take it for granted. 

7. If you are eligible to, VOTE. It’s so important that you use this right. 

8. Take some time to clean up our environment. We only have one planet and we aren’t doing a very good job of looking after it. 

9. Have some coins or notes in your pocket when you’re downtown to show your appreciation for the buskers and entertainers. 

10. Make sure you ask people how they are, and if they just say “good”, then ask them again. We are pretty good at immediately giving that answer, even when we aren’t. 

Stay safe 

Be kind

Shaun 

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