By TRACEY ROXBURGH
THREE hundred and one submissions have been received by City Hall on its representation
Mountain Scene revealed in June Arrowtown was facing political oblivion after a Queenstown council advisory group recommended the historic township — which has
always had its own councillor since the days it had its own council — lose its ward and merge into a new ward which includes Jack’s Point.
The group argued the Arrowtown ward should go because its resident population’s 20% short of ‘‘fair representation’’.
Favouring a three-ward structure, the proposal would have seen the Arrowtown ward and Wanaka Community Board axed.
But last month, Queenstown’s mayor Jim Boult used his casting vote to get Arrowtown councillor Heath Copland’s motion for four electoral wards— Arrowtown (one seat), Whakatipu (four seats), Kawarau (three seats) and Wanaka-Hawea (four seats) — over the line for consultation.
Council staffers are now collating submissions, with two hearings planned.
The first will be in Queenstown on August 26 and the second in Wanaka the following day.
Councillors will then consider whether to retain the original proposal, or change it, at their
meeting on September 16, after which there’ll be a one-month period for appeals and/or objections.