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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...

Mayor conflict query

Queenstown's outgoing mayor pushed a developer's case with council staff after a meeting involving a big campaign donor. Emails released to Mountain Scene show mayor Vanessa van Uden attended a high-powered summit between council and Skyline bigwigs on January 13. Months later,...
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