Queenstown Lakes District Council

New council nominee

The first hand has gone up for the soon-to-be-vacant Arrowtown council seat. Arrowtown accountant Heath Copland has announced he will stand for the Queenstown Lakes District Council in the local government elections in October. He will contest the seat currently held...
Queenstown's council has developed a wide-ranging action plan to tackle the impacts of climate change. Detailed in the draft plan are activities for the council and other sectors to act on over the next three years, primarily to respond to...
Queenstown councillor Alexa Forbes will not seek re-election, and is instead eyeing a seat on the Otago Regional Council. Forbes was first elected in 2013, and has served two terms on the Queenstown District Council. She will stand for the Dunstan...

Boult’s hat in ring

Jim Boult's not satisfied. The one-term mayor announced yesterday he wants to remain in the hot seat for another three years, citing worker accommodation and spatial planning as two things that haven't been "adequately addressed". He tells Mountain Scene masterplanning for...

Plastic drastic fix

Queenstown's council is in talks with its lawyers over a $2.6 million swimming pool repair job – while it's emerged the same design team was involved in another pool with problems. Council-funded Alpine Aqualand, at the Events Centre, closed to...
A Queenstown homeowner's losing patience with the council over an underground water leak, which has been getting progressively worse for months. Simon Robertshawe, who's owned a property on Veint Crescent – off Frankton Road and Suburb Street – for about...
A 5% visitor levy would raise $22.5 million a year for easing the burden of infrastructure on Queenstown Lakes district ratepayers, the council says. At a media briefing on the proposed levy this morning, Mayor Jim Boult said the council...
A Queenstown council manager's in a stoush with neighbours over two "eyesore" containers on his Gibbston property, one of which his family lives in. Gareth Noble's had the structures, highly visible from the highway, on his Wentworth Estate land for...
Queenstown's councillors have drawn a line in the sand over development on Ladies Mile, and sent a strong message to the NZ Transport Agency, over concerns about traffic and transport infrastructure. Councillors voted to decline three Special Housing Area (SHA)...
After years of plans and proposals, an affordable housing development in Arrowtown is a step closer to becoming reality. The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust has submitted a proposal to the Queenstown Lakes District Council, asking for it to transfer...
A Queenstown councillor is disillusioned with a planning system she believes disregards the views of local people. Val Miller says she and fellow councillors spent countless hours discussing rules for people putting their homes or rooms on Airbnb-type visitor accommodation...
A Queenstown developer is rubbishing the resort's new three bins-based collection regime. Jay Mather claims it will cause chaos for apartment complexes, however the council says it's already heeding his warning. This week it started delivering three bins per household through...
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