Queenstown Lakes District Council

Vast swathes of rural Queenstown land will be protected under new plans to limit development. But no one seems particularly bothered - despite a local planning expert saying they "propose to remove existing landowner rights and expectations". Queenstown's council is consulting...
Disgruntled residents are up in arms about a massive white marquee on the side of Queenstown's Coronet Peak. But, the owner of the event company in charge doesn't see the problem. Rob Stewart-McDonald from HQ New Zealand says "it's a temporary...

Rules change prompts deluge

City Hall has been hit with an avalanche of paperwork from residents who let out their homes to tourists – as they scramble to get sign-off before rules change. Queenstown's council received 161 visitor accommodation applications in November and December. It...

Bunfight over Long Lunch

Queenstown's mayor and council boss say a local event manager's unfairly maligned their staff. Malcolm Blakey last week said he's pulling his Arrowtown Long Lunch, last held two weeks ago, due to council restrictions and resistance. Council boss Mike Theelen says...

Lunch crunch

An event manager claims the Queenstown council's obstructionist attitude has caused him to axe two major events. Arrowtowner Malcolm Blakey cancelled the popular Arrowtown Long Lunch for 2018 due to increased red tape and council withdrawing free on-the-day support. He's also...

$35k-a-year rent hike

Two pensioners say they've been forced out of their Arrowtown home after City Hall upped the land rent by almost 900 per cent. Bill Swann, 78, who bought his Nairn Street home in the late '60s, describes the increase on...
Some years ago I watched a famous American actress being interviewed on American television. She was asked about bus travel and, in an animated American accent, responded: "Honey, as far as I'm concerned, if a man has to travel on...
Queenstown's mayor hopes he'll know how the new Labour-led government's policies will affect the resort as soon as possible. Jim Boult says he understands new ministers need to get their feet under the Cabinet table, but he's already asked Tourism...
From November 20 Queenstowners can take their cars to work – or bus free for a week. Today Mountain Scene exclusively reveals the four new Orbus routes, which cover most of the Wakatipu Basin. For the first seven days of the new...
Aucklanders now hold all but one of the seats on the Queenstown Airport Corporation board. The board will be led by the sole remaining Queenstown-based member, lawyer Prue Flacks. Queenstown's mayor Jim Boult announced the changes yesterday. Flacks replaces John Gilks,...
Parking in Queenstown is set to become more expensive from December as the council tries to encourage other forms of transport. Queenstown Lakes District Council adopted the new Queenstown Town Centre Transport Strategy at a full council meeting in Wanaka...
Discharges into the Shotover River from Queenstown's multi-million dollar sewage treatment plant have breached environmental standards. The $30 million high-tech plant was officially opened in February. But Queenstown's council admits discharges of treated wastewater into the river didn't meet contamination limits...
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