John Mann

By GUY WILLIAMS Former Arrowtown councillor Lex Perkins, who died at the weekend after a battle with cancer, was the first to put his hand up for community causes, former Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden says. Van Uden says Lex brought...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The Wakatipu lost three treasured community stalwarts over one weekend this month with the deaths of Russell McGrouther, Wendy Perkins and Elbert de Koning. Originally a local motelier, Dunedin-raised McGrouther was the resort’s funeral director for 29 years...

Blank on bankrolling

Failed Queenstown Lakes mayoral candidates Lyal Cocks and Roger Tompkins refuse to say if a Queenstown property developer contributed to their campaigns. Mountain Scene has been told Queenstown developer Chris Meehan contributed to the campaigns of former deputy mayor Cocks and...

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: Mayoral candidates

Rate council's performance in the last three years Al Angus: Dismal Jim Boult: Acceptable Lyal Cocks: Satisfactory, but room for improvement. The challenge is to manage the adverse impacts of growth and ensure all communities in our district reap the benefits John Mann:...

Park-and-ride chide

Skyline's refusal to provide customer parking Queenstown's most prominent tourist ride is in the political gun. The tourism giant's gondola operation, which attracted 787,000 people last year, will almost triple in capacity after a proposed $60 million upgrade. Yet it provides...
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