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Movement for active travel

By PHILIP CHANDLER A first Queenstown mini-expo on ‘active travel’ tomorrow even lets attendees try a range of electric bikes. The event, at Frankton’s Buzzstop cafe, is being organised by a new community advocacy group, The Lightfoot Initiative. ‘‘We’re keen to start...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A self-styled Queenstown entrepreneur's put in an audacious bid to save Southland's job-rich Tiwai aluminium smelter. International giant Rio Tinto announced last week it would close the Bluff smelter next year, at the disastrous cost of about 2600...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH City Hall's stepped up to help save Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum. At its full meeting on Thursday, council agreed to a loan-funded grant of $1.04 million, excluding GST, to go towards the district museum's $3.5m earthquake-strengthening project. Director David...
Red tape has spelled the end of a major fundraiser for an historic Arrowtown building. For the first time in more than 15 years, the Arrowtown Post Office Market was not held at the end of last year. That's because the...
I have been supporting the community for most of the 31 years my wife and I have lived in Queenstown. The last six as a councillor. I currently sit on the infrastructure committee, community services committee, The Heritage Trust and...
It's clear to most observers that the direction the district is heading in does not have the blessing of our existing residents and there's a clear disconnect between the growth pursued by the senior leadership team at council and...
Just two women have put their hand up for a seat at the council table, as the nomination period draws to a close. Nominations for local government elections close at noon tomorrow, and as of yesterday afternoon, 11 nominations had...
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has signalled central government will pour millions into special Queenstown projects if they stack up. Bennett, who's also tourism minister, was in the resort yesterday to hear again about the challenges of growth. While she categorically...
OPINION: The government's almost militaristic fast-track for new houses might be guilty of mission creep in Queenstown, writes David Williams. On Monday, Queenstown's council innocuously announced it was re-opening feedback for its Gorge Road special housing area – which allows developers...

Delta a dumping ground

Queenstown's council has approved dumping thousands of truckloads of fill on the Shotover Delta – in an outstanding natural landscape area. Consent got the thumbs-up in November despite a report from Dr Marion Reid, its own consultant, raising concerns. March Construction...

Mayoral donor unmasked

No further action will be taken against a Queenstown mayoral candidate after he resubmitted his electoral expenses return. Last month the Otago Daily Times reported Roger Tompkins had filed a 'nil return' in respect of donations over $1500. Under the Local...

Gagging clause in gun

Queenstown Lakes mayoral candidates are divided over a "potentially dangerous" council gagging order. The council's code of conduct, revised only last year, contains a clause forbidding elected members, including the mayor, from criticising council policies or decisions. Massey University journalism lecturer...
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