Meet your mayoral candidate


Vanessa van Uden
– Age 43, married to Lakes Environmental building manager Peter Laurenson, two daughters, 15 and 14, at Wakatipu High, resides Kelvin Heights 

– Lumsden-born, Te Anau-raised, moved to Queenstown from Auckland in 1998 

– A business consultant with an MBA, she was formerly council’s contract manager looking after services like sewage, stormwater, water, parks and reserves 

– Recently re-elected to Wakatipu High board of trustees, also a Wakatipu Trails Trust trustee, on St John area committee and secretary/treasurer of Southern Lakes Contracting Industry Association 

– Elected Queenstown Lakes District councillor in 2007