Michele Poole

Scene prod prompts probe

An Aucklander jailed in New Zealand's biggest corruption case used to audit Queenstown council's contractor appointments and tenders. City Hall's now taking legal advice on "the level of risk" of employing Murray Noone – but only after a prod from...
The absentee owner of a Fernhill house where a huge party was shut down by police at the weekend has condemned the partygoers' behaviour as "disgusting". Nick Reekie says he's "embarrassed and concerned" the party and its aftermath had affected...
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...

Survey ‘neutralised’

Queenstown's council spun its gloomy annual residents' survey. Christchurch survey company Carte Blanche – which has done the council's last three surveys – confirms this year's executive summary was changed at the council's insistence. Tellingly, Carte Blanche's branding is nowhere to be...
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