Council favours chopping Arrowtown ward

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Queenstown Lakes District Council remains determined to axe the Arrowtown ward despite the majority of submitters being opposed.

The council proposed in April that Arrowtown, which is limited to one councillor, be included in the wider Wakatipu ward.

Council regulatory and corporate manager Roger Taylor says submissions were weighted in favour of the status quo. Lex Perkins is the incumbent Arrowtown ward councillor.

However an independent working party, chaired by Queenstown lawyer Michael Parker, concludes the Arrowtown community will be better-served being part of the wider ward.

Taylor says a smaller number of Arrowtown submitters argued that being in the larger ward created opportunities for more councillors from Arrowtown.

It also gave Arrowtown residents the opportunity to vote for more candidates.

Councillors will consider the working party’s controversial recommendation this week which, if accepted, will be publicly notified next week.

“Should there be any appeals, these will be considered by the Local Government Commission, which will then deliberate and make the final decision,” Taylor says.