Council’s revolving door swings faster


Another senior staffer is quitting Queenstown’s council.

Transport boss Denis Mander says he is leaving the role, and Queenstown, some time between Christmas and Waitangi weekend.

He will not give reasons for his departure, but after nearly nine years with the council, he tells the Otago Daily Times leaving the town will be a “big change”.

He’s not sure what his next job will be.

Revelations of the transport boss’ departure come just days after Queenstown council’s general managers in Mountain Scene at ‘unsubstantiated chat’ their top team is in disarray.

Mander’s departure is the latest in a string of resignations after a major restructuring in 2013 led by chief executive Adam Feeley.

Since then, six of the original eight departmental bosses have quit, with only two replacements have been found.

At least half a dozen second-tier managers have also left, including building services manager Peter Laurenson – the mayor’s husband – who resigned in September along with his deputy.

The departmental chiefs to leave were operations general manager Ruth Stokes, infrastructure general manager Erik Barnes, human resources general manager Beth Bundy, legal-regulatory general manager Scott Carran, chief information officer Kirsty Martin and planning-infrastructure general manager Marc Bretherton.

In an emailed statement, the council’s infrastructure boss Peter Hansby says recruitment is under way for a transport planner to replace Mander.

In the interim, strategy and performance manager Deborah Lind will take over.

Otago Daily Times