Cooper calls for vote on Queenstown convention centre


A former Queenstown mayor wants a referendum on a local convention centre.

Ex-mayor Warren Cooper, in his Mountain Scene column today, says: “Any substantial financial support from ratepayers on the convention centre must be subject to a properly conducted poll – like a referendum.”

In February, Queenstown Lakes District Council announced it was entering negotiations with a consortium led by Ngai Tahu Property and public-private infrastructure giant Morrison & Co.

SkyCity entertainment Group is preferred operator. Council is making some analysis public this week before an information session next Friday at Queenstown Memorial Centre.

Mayor Vanessa Van Uden, council boss Adam Feeley and a Ministry of Business policy wonk are on a panel from 12.30-1.30pm. RSVPs are essential and questions can be emailed by 5pm next Wednesday to

Cooper Country: p16 today’s Mountain Scene