Mountain Scene’s Newsmaker of the year

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Queenstown Airport Corporation chairman – MARK TAYLOR

•  Because he oversaw the secret and highly controversial partial sale of Queenstown Airport – formerly a 100 per cent-owned community asset – to Auckland International Airport

•  Because the arguments about whether it was a good or bad move for Queenstown continue to rage – five months after the bombshell announcement

• Because the stink will continue well into 2011 when appeals against it – by both Air New Zealand and a heavyweight group of angry Queenstowners – are heard in the High Court

• Because a further bun-fight looms as Auckland presses for a further 10 per cent share and board represen­tation – which requires community approval to go ahead