Mayoral three not counting chickens


Queenstown’s may­­­or­­­al candidates plan to relax with their loved ones regardless of the election day results on Saturday. 

While Michael Scott and Vanessa van Uden will be having a few drinks at home with family and friends, their rival Simon Hayes will be on a cruise ship north of Rome on the Mediterranean Sea with wife Ngaire. 

Hayes, who left for his five-week holiday on September 22, expects to hear whether he’s the district’s next mayor via email while Van Uden and Scott will receive phone calls. 

Van Uden and Scott say they’ve both enjoyed the campaign but won’t be drawn on how confident they are about their chances. 

Scott: “I don’t know; I’d love to think I have, but being realistic, being a first-time [candidate] probably doesn’t help. I’d love to think I gave it my best shot and I’d hope people see it that way.” 

The roading inspector says he thinks he’s reached people who don’t normally vote. 

“I’ve had guys come up to me and say they’ve never voted before but have voted for me, so that’s good. I’m very proud of my achievements.” 

Van Uden says she’s “keeping [herself] in perspective”. 

“Until we get the phone call one way or another we don’t really know. I’ve always had that attitude towards it to keep it in balance and not get horribly confident about anything. 

“I’m happy with what’s happened and I think that’s the best place you can be at the moment,” she says. 

As of yesterday, 3394 – or 36 per cent – of the 9335 voting papers sent to Wakatipu residents have been returned and 791 (46 per cent) of 1737 papers sent to Arrowtown have been returned.