Vanessa van Uden

Haunting for a cause

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The Baby Box Charitable Trust’s had a booking at the Queenstown Memorial Centre since last September for its inaugural Halloween ball — and the trustees can’t think of a better time to get the community together for...

Young iwi rep building bridges

Born-and-bred Queenstowner Mike Rewi’s fitting of the ‘renaissance man’ label. A long- time Wakatipu Prems rugby winger, he’s dabbled in a music career, but he tells HUGH COLLINS he now spends as much time as he can volunteering with his iwi,...

‘Not for novices’

QUEENSTOWN’S mayor and other prominent locals hope the resort’s next Member of Parliament gets swiftly up to speed with its pressing issues. Mayor Jim Boult says first-term National MP Hamish Walker, who resigned last week after leaking confidential details of Covid-19...

In the Van-guard

By PHILIP CHANDLER Former local mayor Vanessa van Uden's been among more than 100 volunteers responding to Queenstown's biggest humanitarian crisis. She's part of City Hall's emergency operations centre response team, formed after the Covid-19 lockdown started late March. Every Tuesday and...

Resort pair in Nats bid

Former Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden wants to take disgraced local MP Todd Barclay's job. She and ex-Queenstown councillor Craig Allan are believed to be among nine would-be National Party candidates for Clutha-Southland in the upcoming election. Despite National MP Barclay's...
OPINION: A mate says NZ Transport Agency's confirmation of Queenstown's eastern access road project in the first week of Jim Boult's mayoralty reminded him of the Iran hostage crisis. For 14 months, United States president Jimmy Carter forlornly tried to...
Lakes District Museum's boss says he's grateful but embarrassed to have been awarded a mayoral citation. David Clarke, who's run the Arrowtown-based museum for the past 27 years, was honoured by mayor Vanessa van Uden in the last days of her mayoralty last month. Unlike veteran local nurse Judy Stewart and Queenstown community stalwarts...

Smooth talkers get gongs

Two motormouth MCs were stopped in their tracks when Queenstown's outgoing mayor invited them to a local cafe early this month. When broadcaster and councillor Craig 'Ferg' Ferguson was asked by Vanessa van Uden to meet her at Bobs Weigh,...

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...

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,...
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