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'In retrospect, all revolutions seem inevitable. Beforehand, all revolutions seem impossible.' – Michael McFauland Think about it, think about women not having the vote, think about slavery, about apartheid. They are wrong, incongruent and archaic. In retrospect, it's utterly unbelievable that people...
  As I'm writing, this council's decision on Queenstown Airport Corporation's (QAC) new draft Statement of Intent looms. By now we know the outcome. If they haven't rejected the new draft with its unchanged 'expand to meet demand' objectives, my position is...
  We live in a special and unique part of the world, which we all want to see preserved and enhanced. The current growth we are experiencing is challenging our place and our values. Our place is being challenged environmentally; our...
Jim Boult is hitting the ground running. Queenstown Lakes’ new mayor will meet council chief executive Mike Theelen today to "address some issues" and wants to informally meet councillors this week. He has been trusted with leading the resort through huge...

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...
Permanent Queenstown/Wakatipu residents who are registered to vote can elect one mayor and six councillors. Arrowtown councillor Scott Stevens was elected unopposed. The final day for polling is October 8 at 12pm. Voting papers must be returned by post or...

Q+A: Council candidates

Permanent Queenstown/Wakatipu residents who are registered to vote can elect one mayor and six councillors. Arrowtown councillor Scott Stevens was elected unopposed. The final day for polling is October 8 at 12pm. By then, voting papers must be returned by...
PARTING SHOT: Amongst the gravels of chest-beating and platitude-delivering last week, some golden nuggets emerged. Hundreds flowed into Queenstown's Memorial Centre in the hope of discovering more about our local council and mayoral candidates. There didn't appear to be any knockout strikes...
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