Queenstown Lakes District Council

I have been supporting the community for most of the 31 years my wife and I have lived in Queenstown. The last six as a councillor. I currently sit on the infrastructure committee, community services committee, The Heritage Trust and...
It's clear to most observers that the direction the district is heading in does not have the blessing of our existing residents and there's a clear disconnect between the growth pursued by the senior leadership team at council and...

People power wins, for now

Resort mayor Jim Boult hopes economic and social impact studies into the future of Queenstown and Wanaka's airports will be done by the end of next year's first quarter. At Monday's lively extraordinary council meeting, a majority of councillors again...
  As I'm writing, this council's decision on Queenstown Airport Corporation's (QAC) new draft Statement of Intent looms. By now we know the outcome. If they haven't rejected the new draft with its unchanged 'expand to meet demand' objectives, my position is...
  We live in a special and unique part of the world, which we all want to see preserved and enhanced. The current growth we are experiencing is challenging our place and our values. Our place is being challenged environmentally; our...

Let the Hunger Games begin

It's one of the biggest issues facing Queenstown's council – how to balance growth and economic factors with the environment. Daisy Hudson went along to the first public candidates meeting this week to see how prospective councillors tackled the...
Queenstown Airport Corporation's statement of intent has been rebuffed again. As it did at its meeting on June 27, the Queenstown District Council today voted to reject the company's modified statement of its strategic direction for the next three years. Councillors'...

Wastewater debate heats up

Fish and Game has blasted the Queenstown Lakes District Council over its wastewater discharge application, calling its recent comments ''unbelievable arrogance''. The council yesterday released a press statement saying overflows would occasionally occur, and that resulted in ''costly prosecutions'' by the...
It's official, vandalism stinks. And, as Queenstown's council is finding out, it's also expensive. The council's down in the dumps after forking out thousands of dollars for a CCTV camera to stop repeated vandalism of a public loo in leafy Lake...
Queenstown Lakes District Council candidate Niki Gladding says the council's application to discharge wastewater into waterways was "the last straw''. ''Who in their right mind – parent, businessperson or tourist – would think that’s okay? How is it even an...
The deadline's passed and we have our Queenstown Lakes District Council nominees for the October election. (* denotes an incumbent) MAYORALTY (One required) *Jim Boult, Al Angus, Nik Kiddle COUNCIL Wakatipu ward (Six required) *John MacDonald, *Craig Ferguson, Grant Scannell, *Penny Clark, John Glover, Glyn Lewers, Niki...
Queenstown-Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult will have at least one challenger for the mayoralty come October. Glenorchy's Al Angus, who has run unsuccessfully for the mayoralty twice already, has again thrown his hat in the ring. Incumbent Boult, who had already...
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