Lyal Cocks

A Queenstown mayoral candidate has paid back $1000 to a political donor after this year's elections – to avoid making the name public. And he's doing it to spite Mountain Scene An electoral donations and expenses return, made public on Monday, shows...

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...
Jim Boult is hitting the ground running. Queenstown Lakes’ new mayor will meet council chief executive Mike Theelen today to "address some issues" and wants to informally meet councillors this week. He has been trusted with leading the resort through huge...

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...
Queenstowners have thrown the local council under the bus. The latest annual residents survey results – quietly added to the council's website this week– have burned Queenstown's council. The report reveals satisfaction levels have dropped across the board. An alarming 19 per...
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:...

Cracks over company jobs

Company board roles have flared as a Queenstown Lakes mayoral issue. Businessman Jim Boult tells Mountain Scene if he's elected he plans to stay a director of tourism giant Real Journeys and construction firm Hawkins Construction, which has a Queenstown...
Let the silly season begin. Or perhaps it started once election hoardings were put up, defaced and taken down? I don't know. Anyway, a stack of public meetings are arranged – attended mainly, it seems, by those who like watching TV One...

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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