Environment Court

Quail Rise fracas

By PHILIP CHANDLER Sparks are flying over how a section got split into two in Queenstown’s Quail Rise when subdivision’s not allowed in the suburb. Caught in the crossfire are Queenstown’s council, for allowing the subdivision, and developer David Broomfield, who...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH One of the most highly-anticipated stores in Queenstown will finally open its doors this month. Bunnings Queenstown’s putting the finishing touches on its $40 million, 8100 square metre building, on the Frankton Flats, after a protracted process spanning three...

Judge rules on trees

By GUY WILLIAMS “It's a sad day for the district when you have to apply to the bureaucracy of local  government for a resource consent to plant some trees on your farm.’’ That’s the reaction of Queenstown developer Chris Meehan to...
By GUY WILLIAMS The promoters behind the Gibbston Valley summer concert are hoping to stage more than one concert a year at the site, in part to support its more than 160 suppliers nationwide. Greenstone Entertainment has applied to Queenstown’s council...
A rare rural lifestyle block on the market is a stone's throw from Queenstown's Frankton Flats. The 1.89-hectare block is off an access driveway off the eastern end of Hansen Road, above State Highway 6. It's one of four contiguous blocks...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A restored country cottage dating back to the very early 1900s is for sale in Queenstown's Dalefield. Islay Cottage, on Lower Shotover Road, is named after the Scottish island of Islay, which original property owner Alexander Brown left in...

Q’town character dies

Queenstown's lost one of its characters. Lifelong local Peter Fleming, who died from a heart attack, aged 68, on December 28, stood out not only for his prominent moustache and stature, but for his strong, even vehement, opinions on both local...

Council consent cock-up

Queenstown Hill residents have successfully appealed against City Hall consenting view-blocking apartments below them. High Court judge Gerald Nation has ruled council decisions to approve the 24-unit development, and on a non-notified basis so neighbours couldn't object, were "invalid" and...
A prominent ratepayer is blasting Queenstown's council as "irresponsible" for appealing a damning judgment against it. The Environment Court last month found the council had misled the public by not making it clear, in a summary of district plan submissions,...
A RESORT lawyer's calling for consistency after authorities say rockfall from Ben Lomond's a risk to a planned car park building – but not for Queenstown's council's neighbouring Lakeview development. Skyline Enterprises was back before the Environment Court this week...
The Environment Court says it hasn't found a reason to decline consent for Skyline Enterprises' $100 million-plus gondola redevelopment in Queenstown. But it still hasn't decided the "ultimate question" of whether the tourism giant should get consent. Judge John Hassan and...
An Environment Court judge says unless Skyline Enterprises can resolve parking and stormwater issues it is unlikely to get consent for its gondola redevelopment. However, in a minute judge John Hassan issued yesterday afternoon, he gave Skyline several options to...
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