Jim Boult

Mayor Boult back on track

Queenstown mayor Jim Boult reignited his motorsport career with a class win at Invercargill's Teretonga racetrack last Saturday. In the first round of the South Island endurance series, he and NZONE Skydive boss Clark 'Scotty' Scott won the competitive up-to-2-litre...
Queenstown's mayor may be ordered to pay more than $28 million over the collapse of Stonewood Homes, amid allegations of reckless trading. Both Boult and former Stonewood managing director Brent Mettrick deny the claims, with Boult saying he acted in...
A few months ago I met with Liz Smith, who with her children gathered up approximately 10,000 cigarette butts from the lakefront at Queenstown Bay. Liz brought these into council in a plastic bin and they were truly revolting. I...

Mayor mum on parking probe

Queenstown's mayor is clamping down on a stoush over mobility parking in the resort's CBD. Wakatipu Access Group member Anna Jameson wrote to the council last week to complain about a council staffer allegedly using a mobility carpark on Beach...

Bed tax bedlam

A Queenstown accommodation operator is mobilising opposition to mayor Jim Boult's campaign for a bed tax. Villa del Lago owner Nik Kiddle fears the mayor's idea of taxing visitors $10 per bed per night to fund infrastructure will drive visitors...
Queenstown publicans are barring up over Easter drinking restrictions they claim are outdated and visitor-unfriendly. Under New Zealand law, due to Easter's religious significance, you can't drink in pubs on Good Friday and Easter Sunday unless you're there to dine,...
Queenstown's rich list is stumping up cash to fund a cultural masterplan for the resort. Philanthropists, including long-term media-shy local Carroll Joynes, are financing a City Hall-commissioned study to the tune of $100,000. Mayor Jim Boult describes it as a turning point. "I...
Glass from Queenstown homes will continue going to landfill for the next 16 months at least. Mountain Scene reported in May 2016 that resort glass – even glass diligently placed in blue recycling bins – was being dumped at Victoria...
Queenstown could be used as a guinea pig for a national tourist tax, the mayor says. Jim Boult and City Hall boss Mike Theelen are meeting government ministers next week to talk shop about the resort's infrastructure woes. A visitor levy...

Bunfight over Long Lunch

Queenstown's mayor and council boss say a local event manager's unfairly maligned their staff. Malcolm Blakey last week said he's pulling his Arrowtown Long Lunch, last held two weeks ago, due to council restrictions and resistance. Council boss Mike Theelen says...
Queenstown's mayor hopes he'll know how the new Labour-led government's policies will affect the resort as soon as possible. Jim Boult says he understands new ministers need to get their feet under the Cabinet table, but he's already asked Tourism...
Doubling government grants to first-home buyers has drawn a tepid response from Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult, who believes his council needs to step in to help solve the resort’s housing crisis. Yesterday, the National Party announced its HomeStart grants would...
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