Queenstown Lakes District Council

Pool closure creates waves

Inconvenienced swimmers are questioning why Queenstown's council had to close the resort's main pool for "essential maintenance" during peak season. The council closed the Events Centre's Alpine Aqualand for five weeks, from November 19, after ceiling tiles started to fall...
Queenstown's council building, once the focus of "serious concerns" about how it would hold up in an earthquake, is not on the list of 45 buildings determined to be earthquake prone. City Hall last week announced it would be contacting...

Council boss run off his feet

He might run the council, but he also runs a good race. Queenstown council CEO Mike Theelen, who's closing on 50 half marathons, runs yet another one this Saturday – the New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Half Marathon. The 58-year-old,...
Queenstown's council building and library have been evacuated after diesel leaked from a tank and contaminated ceilings, walls and floors. The building has been closed while firefighters and contractors attend to the spill, which was discovered by staff at 7.30am. Council...

Community hub mooted

Queenstown's council will partner with Ngai Tahu to explore options for a community hub in the resort's CBD. In a statement the Queenstown Lakes District Council confirmed councillors "approved entry into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ngai Tahu Property...
Dominion Constructors Ltd cut steel reinforcing bars between the concrete panel walls and foundations at the Kmart construction site in Queenstown, Queenstown Lakes District Council has confirmed. The council says this is  of "obvious concern'' and it will not approve...
Queenstown Airport has put its growth plans on hold after a jet-blast of protest but moves to schedule more services into Wanaka are also likely to meet opposition. Nearly 1500 people and 19 groups had their say on the proposal...

Delta cams deter dumpers

CCTV cameras installed at Queenstown's Shotover Delta to deter dodgy rubbish dumpers appear to be doing the trick. Concerns were raised by frequent visitor Karyn Duncan, who called the illegal dumping of cars, TVs, and household rubbish "disgusting". In response, the...

Cops call for public booze ban

Queenstown police's submission on a proposed public alcohol ban includes 59 eye-opening photos of people the worse-for-wear, litter and general public drunkenness. In one photo, a man is passed out in a doorway and appears to have defecated on his...

Frankton feedback sought

Consultation on Frankton's $840,000 masterplan has begun. The Queenstown Lakes District Council yesterday started the first phase of community engagement on the plan, which will take a big-picture look at the future of Frankton over the next 30 years. The council...

Pay hike for council boss

Queenstown's council boss is getting a pay bump. City Hall confirms councillors voted to give CEO Mike Theelen a 3.6 per cent pay rise, taking his annual salary to $348,000. In a statement, mayor Jim Boult confirms the salary reflects "continued...

QT’s noise wars

Some residents describe it as "party central", another says it's not that bad – but by the numbers, Thompson Street is Queenstown's noisiest drag. Figures released to Mountain Scene by City Hall show the central street is on track to...
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