If Queenstown Airport is to embark on large-scale property development, chairman Mark Taylor’s high-flying connections will come in handy.
A Companies Office search of the former Remuera, Auckland accountant’s corporate links shows connections to several Rich List property magnates.
Taylor is listed as a director of scores of companies, many still operating, associated with multi-millionaire Kiwi business heavyweights Adrian Burr, David Muller, Ross Green, Martyn Reesby, Alan Gibbs, Mark Wyborn, Trevor Farmer, Craig Heatley and Richard Didsbury.
The airport boss’s high-profile associates have an estimated combined worth of $1.6 billion, according to National Business Review’s latest Rich List.
Taylor is thought to be particularly close to Burr and serves as a director of 22 of the property king’s companies.
Burr is known as a key figure behind Auckland’s Viaduct redevelopment, although he spends more of his time in the Wakatipu these days.
Wyborn, Green and Farmer are current contenders for the Crafar dairy-farm empire, thought to be worth around $200m.
In February this year, Taylor stood down from the board of Ardmore Airport Ltd, a David Muller company which has consent to redevelop 19ha for what the Rich List calls “non-aviation activities”.