High Court

Council loses Wanaka case

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The High Court’s upheld an application to judicially review Queenstown’s council’s decision to grant a long-term lease of Wanaka Airport to Queenstown Airport Corporation. The lease was challenged by the Wanaka Stakeholders Group, which applied to the High...

Farm deal stalls

By PHILIP CHANDLER An Auckland firm prepared to pay $14 million for a farm near Glenorchy, famous for film shoots, can’t settle due to a legal fish-hook. The Station at Waitiri Ltd committed to buying Jim Veint’s 257-hectare Arcadia Station, at Paradise,...

Creditors whistle

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner whose former development company’s in hock to creditors for $1 million is flogging luxury apartments through a new company. Lachlan Francis’ company was to build a 16-unit apartment complex, Freshwater, on the corner of Hallenstein and York Streets. His...

Camping ruckus

By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand’s biggest freedom camping organisation’s taking Queenstown’s council to the High Court for effectively, in its eyes, banning freedom camping. NZ Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) alleges the council failed to provide areas where self-contained campervans could go when it...

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...
The brother of a former Prime Minister and a high-profile developer are locked in a fierce legal battle over a multi-million dollar piece of Queenstown land. Conor English, brother of Sir Bill English, and developer Wayne Foley are grappling over...

Leaky lawsuit

Local ratepayers could be picking up a $40 million tab to repair a leaky Queenstown apartment complex. Work to repair the first of four blocks in the 84-unit Oaks Shores Apartments, off Frankton Road, is due to start in April. In...

Detour: we’ll fight

Retail boss Mike Collins plans to come out swinging after his clothing store was evicted from a prime Queenstown spot. Detour Clothing Ltd, of which Collins is a director, had its lease for 17 Rees Street cancelled by landlord Star...

‘We’re a charity case’

Queenstown's housing trust is gearing up for another court battle to prove it's a charity. The trust, which provides houses for locals who'd otherwise struggle to live here, was deregistered as a charity in 2010 – then lost a subsequent...
The owner of a Central Otago winery is appealing a High Court decision requiring it to buy out a fellow shareholder for $1 million more than it originally offered. Lindsay McLachlan and Greg Hay are both directors of Peregrine Wines. Peregrine Wines...
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