Mike Theelen

A dozen Queenstown homeowners have been given 28 days to comply with fencing rules - or face fines of up to $750 a day. Queenstown council's enforcement officers initially identified 55 homes in Shotover Country with unlawful fencing. The subdivision's resource...
More than 2800 residential units could be built along Ladies Mile, near Queenstown, an indicative master plan for the area shows. The council's plan - revealed to media yesterday but initially revealed secretly to landowners - covers an area of 136ha...

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...

Council puts hand out

Queenstown's council wants to borrow $56 million from the government to spark the development of at least 3000 new homes. The authority has submitted four bids to the government's $1 billion infrastructure fund. It wants cash for a town centre bypass,...

City Hall wall

Headline-grabbing comments justifying Queenstown council's brutal cost-cutting drive in 2013 have proved false – but the council won't apologise. In April 2013, a confidential consultation report, leaked to Mountain Scene, made stinging criticism of the council's consents processing arm, Lakes...

Big spend-up on worker digs

Queenstown's housing crisis has forced a tourism giant and a developer to pursue worker digs. Gondola operator Skyline Enterprises and Queenstown Country Club developer Sanderson Group have moved to provide their own accommodation. And Queenstown's council is nudging others to do the...

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...
A Queenstown tourism giant's plans for a $100 million redevelopment will go directly to the Environment Court – sent by bureaucrats. Skyline Enterprises Ltd requested the resort's council take the matter out of local planning hands. It argued any decision on its...
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