School swings and roundabouts


A school principal has missed out on elections for the Wakatipu High board of trustees, but a former pro golfer hasn’t. 

Queenstown Primary principal John Western was one of five WHS BOT candidates to miss out.

But golfer Greg Turner (right) is one of five new board members to join one incumbent only, Queenstown Lakes District councillor Vanessa van Uden.

All other existing BOT members stood down, including the chairman, Peter Doyle.

The other four newbies are developer Wayne Foley, lawyer Dale Lloyd, ex-high school teacher Alistair Nicholson and doctor Kathryn Smith.

Turner might be new on the board but he can turn to his wife Janey for advice – she’s been re-elected on the Queenstown Primary board along with other incumbents, lawyer Jayne Macdonald, company director Sharon Hensman, builder Peter Rogers and current chair, Noel Saxon.

Three Queenstown Primary BOT candidates missed out, including nurse Gaylene Hastie, a co-opted incumbent, AJ Hackett Bungy boss Michelle Trapski and parent Julie Yeo.

Arrowtown School BOT chair Tracey Gieck was re-elected along with the only other incumbent who stood, Mary Wallace.

New BOT members are manager Chris Clark, business owner Don Hazlett and accounting partner Grant McCulloch. There were four unsuccessful candidates.

St Joseph’s School didn’t have an election because only five candidates stood.