Queenstown’s council

A Queenstown tourism giant's plans for a $100 million redevelopment will go directly to the Environment Court – sent by bureaucrats. Skyline Enterprises Ltd requested the resort's council take the matter out of local planning hands. It argued any decision on its...
Frankton residents are pointing the finger at Queenstown Airport and the New Zealand Transport Agency for parking woes. A meeting was called for Saturday by Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay to address queueing traffic and parking congestion on State Highway 6, near the...

Why park-and-ride died

The lack of a suitable base in Frankton proved fatal to a proposed park-and-ride trial in Queenstown. The trial, targeted to start before Christmas, was dropped by Queenstown's council in a public-excluded session at its final meeting last Thursday. Queenstown councillor Alexa...
Car slots are being shed from one of Queenstown's biggest council carparks this weekend to make way for campervans. Sandblasting and remarking at the 171-space Boundary Road carpark begins on Friday night. Sixty-six standard parks will be removed to create 33 campervan spaces. The carpark, which...
Jim Boult is hitting the ground running. Queenstown Lakes’ new mayor will meet council chief executive Mike Theelen today to "address some issues" and wants to informally meet councillors this week. He has been trusted with leading the resort through huge...

Gagging clause in gun

Queenstown Lakes mayoral candidates are divided over a "potentially dangerous" council gagging order. The council's code of conduct, revised only last year, contains a clause forbidding elected members, including the mayor, from criticising council policies or decisions. Massey University journalism lecturer...

Mayor conflict query

Queenstown's outgoing mayor pushed a developer's case with council staff after a meeting involving a big campaign donor. Emails released to Mountain Scene show mayor Vanessa van Uden attended a high-powered summit between council and Skyline bigwigs on January 13. Months later,...
Permanent Queenstown/Wakatipu residents who are registered to vote can elect one mayor and six councillors. Arrowtown councillor Scott Stevens was elected unopposed. The final day for polling is October 8 at 12pm. Voting papers must be returned by post or...

Q+A: Mayoral candidates

Rate council's performance in the last three years Al Angus: Dismal Jim Boult: Acceptable Lyal Cocks: Satisfactory, but room for improvement. The challenge is to manage the adverse impacts of growth and ensure all communities in our district reap the benefits John Mann:...

Q+A: Council candidates

Permanent Queenstown/Wakatipu residents who are registered to vote can elect one mayor and six councillors. Arrowtown councillor Scott Stevens was elected unopposed. The final day for polling is October 8 at 12pm. By then, voting papers must be returned by...
Unusual items have been blocking Queenstown's sewer systems lately, with a soggy bathmat being the latest. Half a coconut was pulled out last month, Queenstown council's spokesman Jimmy Sygrove says. "I don't know how they get there, but they were in...
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