Mel Gazzard

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Queenstown/Wakatipu ward (six seats)

Age: 65 

Occupation: Bed and Breakfast operator 

Family: Wife Sylvia, 65, sons, Nicholas, 37, and David, 35, granddaughters, Arnica, 4, and Isabelle, 3 

Number of years in the Wakatipu: 23 

Main claim to fame in the resort: Former principal of
Queenstown Primary School 

Main reason for standing: I have gained experience being on the council and wish to continue working for the community 

Single biggest issue: keeping the Lakes District a vital and attractive area 

Biggest gaffe: Not recognising our new CEO in her ski gear