Jim Boult

Queenstowners will vote on a specific visitor levy model when an unprecedented district-wide referendum begins. Mayor Jim Boult last week announced residents will have their say on whether a tourist tax should be introduced to help fund infrastructure, a move...
Queenstown's mayor Jim Boult has announced a non-binding referendum to test community support for a local visitor levy. The money - council wants $25 million to $40m a year - would fund desperately needed infrastructure for New Zealand’s premier tourist...

Council crossroads

It's D-Day for Queenstown's council. Today councillors will consider a smorgasbord of major decisions that could drastically impact the resort's future, after an announcement of "national significance" by mayor Jim Boult at noon. Housing, a nine per cent rates hike, the...
It's probably a little too late to wish everyone who I haven't run into personally a very happy new year, however I'll do it anyway! A mixed bag for this month's column and I hope there's something in here for...

Boult pushes for bus ramp-up

Queenstown's mayor is lobbying for new direct bus services to ease the resort's traffic woes. Jim Boult's hoping the new year will bring new routes, including direct services to Lake Hayes Estate and Arrowtown. The council's put in requests with its...

February date for Boult

It'll be at least another few months before any progress is made in the ongoing court battle over the collapse of Stonewood Homes. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult, a former director of the failed construction company, is facing claims of more...
In recent weeks there has been considerable discussion around the subject of visitor and population growth within the district. Much of this has been sparked by Queenstown Airport's consultation process relating to extended noise boundaries. While we are justifiably proud...

Gymnast lobbies Jim

Nine-year-old Queenstown gymnast Sydney Alva has made an urgent plea to mayor Jim Boult for a high-class gymnasium at Frankton. The Queenstown Primary School student writes: "My first point is that the current gymnasium is inadequate and we need a...
Opinion: Many of you may be aware that back in February this year the council approved its first ever public-facing Disability Policy. The role of this policy is primarily to make a commitment to our district's community about the...

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...
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