Queenstown Lakes District Council

A big bureaucratic bill's left a sour taste for a Queenstown cake-maker. Melissa White believes council fees for registering and auditing are putting people off registering their kitchens – and punishing those who do the right thing. But the council says...
Queenstowners will vote on a specific visitor levy model when an unprecedented district-wide referendum begins. Mayor Jim Boult last week announced residents will have their say on whether a tourist tax should be introduced to help fund infrastructure, a move...
It appears D-Day stood for 'Defer Day' for Queenstown's council, with councillors voting to postpone a decision on the controversial Laurel Hills development until next month. The vote, which was split six in favour and four against, means the decision...
Queenstown's mayor Jim Boult has announced a non-binding referendum to test community support for a local visitor levy. The money - council wants $25 million to $40m a year - would fund desperately needed infrastructure for New Zealand’s premier tourist...

Council crossroads

It's D-Day for Queenstown's council. Today councillors will consider a smorgasbord of major decisions that could drastically impact the resort's future, after an announcement of "national significance" by mayor Jim Boult at noon. Housing, a nine per cent rates hike, the...
Queenstown Lakes District Council has announced it will make a major announcement of "national significance'' at 12.15pm tomorrow. It is staying tight-lipped on the details, but in a statement said Mayor Jim Boult will make an announcement of major significance...

Airport confirms delay

Queenstown Airport has officially entered a holding pattern after public outcry over plans to double its capacity. Today, Queenstown Airport Corporation published its plans for 2020-22. The draft Statement of Intent (SOI) 2020-22 has been eagerly awaited by the resort's community. Last...
The saga of Queenstown's dodgy speed limit trials continues, with the NZ Transport Agency throwing responsibility for the balls-up back on to the council. Cops are trawling through years of speeding tickets after realising several temporary limits were unenforceable. Last week,...

Council buys high profile land

Queenstown's council has splashed out on a high-profile, multi-million dollar Ladies Mile property. In a press release the council said the site would ''provide a variety of facilities for Lake Hayes/Shotover Country residents as well as the wider community''. The site,...

Potential bogey for course

An application for a $30 million, 18-hole championship golf course near Arrowtown has hit the rough. A Queenstown council planner's recommended that commissioners hearing the application, from this coming Monday, turn it down. Proposed by the family of Queenstown tourism heavy-weight...

Splashing out

Queenstown's council has forked out millions for the Million Dollar Cruise wharf in Queenstown Bay. It has bought the Butson/Lapsley wharf for an undisclosed sum – rumoured to be $3.8 million or $5m – "on the basis of its potential...
Charges have been filed against the construction company behind Queenstown's controversial Kmart building. The Queenstown Lakes District Council has filed charges against both Dominion Construction Ltd, and one of its former employees, under the Building Act. They are charged with cutting...
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