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Fernhill hotel’s consent fail

By GUY WILLIAMS Independent commissioners have refused resource consent for a controversial $100 million hotel in Fernhill. Coherent Hotel Ltd applied last December for an eight-storey, 89-room hotel on a 10,400sqm site in Queenstown’s Aspen Grove, below the Kamana Lakehouse hotel,...
By GUY WILLIAMS The fate of a contentious building proposed for land beside Arrowtown’s St Patrick’s Church is being considered at a resource consent hearing in Queenstown this week. The Olive Leaf Trust’s proposal for a Gaudi-inspired building, designed by Lake...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Glenorchy developer's forging ahead with plans to resurrect the town's same site as the original Mount Earnslaw Hotel once stood. Douglas Rikard-Bell applied for consent late last year after his company, Blackthorn Ltd, bought the vacant 8079 square...
By HUGH COLLINS Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum won't be getting a dollar from the government's 'shovel-ready' fund. But, its fight for survival is far from over. Museum director David Clarke says the staff heard last Thursday the application to central government for money...
Last November, Otago Regional Council held an extraordinary meeting to hear from Professor Peter Skelton, tasked with judging whether its water planning framework was fit for purpose. It needed to deal with "deemed permits" (historic mining privileges), expiring in October...

Boundaries that divide us

Divide and conquer, that's the traditional formula. Or, slightly tweaked, "divide and ignore". Our communities may enjoy a friendly rivalry, but by contrast with the rest of New Zealand, there's far more that unites than divides us. Yet every three years, we're...
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