‘New council must follow through with projects’



Queenstown-Whakatipu ward councillor Penny Clark’s not seeking re-election this year.

The two-term councillor says it’s time for fresh blood and a new adventure, though she’s tight-lipped about what that looks like.

‘‘Dare I say it, age is starting to catch up, [and] I also need to plan my next excitement or adventure in life,’’ she says.

The 71-year-old came to council as one of Queenstown’s most experienced hoteliers, latterly as Goldridge Resort (now Holiday Inn) GM.

‘‘I was always whingeing at the council because there was nowhere for staff to live.’’

She says, at the time, she thought she better ‘‘get on the other side and do something to help’’.

‘‘The fact is, we’ve made a hell of a lot of headway with the community housing process, and even though the [wait] list on the [Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust] is long, at least there’s a list.

‘‘We’re building, we’ve got the developers on board, we’re making good progress and the model is excellent.’’

Clark says she’s most proud of seeing major projects get underway, including Lakeview, Project Manawa, improvements to Ladies Mile and the long-mooted arterial road.

‘‘[The arterial road] was certainly not something I envisaged was going to happen if it hadn’t been for Covid.

‘‘My disappointment with the arterial roads is that we only have stage one in the 10-year plan.

‘‘We should have started stage three at the same time we started stage one and worked to the middle.’’

She says the new council must maintain momentum on the resort’s major projects.

‘‘Rest assured that the crop of people that stand for council will be voted in by me on the basis that they’re going to en sure that we follow through.’’