Queenstown Lakes District Council

TV wrestling to grip viewers

Queenstown's next pro wrestling show will be filmed for TV as the 'sport' increasingly gains a hold on New Zealand. TVNZ Duke will film the sixth edition of 'Queenstown WrestleFest' on March 14, for screening around July. It's a coup for...

Hotel blasted

Residents in an exclusive Queenstown subdivision fear a proposed eight-storey hotel will destroy their neighbourhood. The Aspen Grove residents are up in arms over a resource consent application for a $100 million, six-star hotel sloping down from Fernhill's Kamana Lakehouse...

Land-tag scrap

Resentment's building over Queenstown's council imposing on thousands of property owners. As part of the district plan review, the council's told 2600 Wakatipu landowners, without warning, their land's within a wahi tupuna site of "particular cultural and ancestral significance" to...

Bogs moved after outcry

Portaloos have been causing a stink in Glenorchy. The community at the head of the lake contacted Mountain Scene this week, peed off about where a City Hall contractor plopped the eight toilets - four right in front of the...
Kelvin Peninsula Community Association's launched a petition urging Otago Regional Council (ORC) to support Queenstown's soon-to-be-scuppered ferry service. Ferry operator Go Orange last month announced the service - aside from water taxis to the Hilton - would end February 20. Despite...
Brace yourselves, Queenstown, 400 Lime scooters are inbound. At its meeting in Queenstown this afternoon, City Hall approved a six-month trial - but it won't start this summer. Councillors voted 8-3 to allow staff to enter into a memorandum of understanding...
All eyes are on the skies - and the level of Lake Wakatipu. As of 10.30am today, the lake was at 311.228 metres above sea level (msl) - the Otago Regional Council's website says at 311.8msl there's "possible" flooding in...

A pensioner’s paving peeve

A Queenstown pensioner has staged a sit-in protest to stop roadside paving outside her Frankton home being ripped up. On Monday, after more than two years of wrangling with the council, Janet Rutherford put a chair on the last piece...

Power play over hike

Chamber of Commerce boss Anna Mickell says a "raft of complex legislation" is partly to blame for Queenstown's clapped-out electricity infrastructure. She's "shocked" by the scale of power price hikes expected to result from a $55 million, three-year upgrade programme...
Residents in Arrowtown's Advance Terrace claim a raised boardwalk in front of their properties is an illegal structure, but the council disagrees. As part of a council consent for the Arrowfields subdivision, off McDonnell Road, the developer's forming a public...

Hug it out

The price of democracy in the Queenstown Lakes district is a $2 coin. Nearly three weeks after voting for the district's council closed, it took a judge, a vote recount and the toss of a coin last Thursday to decide...

Waste water bid

A recommendation to decline a Queenstown Lakes District Council application for a district-wide wastewaster discharge consent doesn't engage with reality, a hearing's been told. Counsel Janette Campbell told Otago Regional Council commissioners such a consent is the "responsible and transparent...
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