Questions for Queenstown Lakes District Council mayoral hopefuls

Financial diversification has lengthy been a subject of dialogue in  Queenstown-Lakes, a district traditionally overly reliant on tourism to maintain its once-booming  financial system. 

And whereas progress was being made, albeit slowly, Covid, in some methods, may very well be seen as a blessing, forcing the palms of the council and particular person enterprise house owners  to behave, fairly than speak about appearing. As the world begins its restoration it’s now in new territory. The long-held want by residents to higher handle development, in all types,  and actually diversify the financial system should now be on the forefront of planning for the district’s future.


Query 1: What boundaries do you imagine must be overcome to completely diversify the Queenstown-Lakes financial system?

 Query 2:  What are your objectives and priorities for council?



Council: Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Age: N/A.

Occupation: Retired.

Query 1: Bureaucratic pink tape leads plenty of nice concepts to finish in deserted despair. We will need to have a proactive council employees and councillors who will (legally) navigate pathways by the maze.

We should additionally handle the taboo topic of abject poverty in our district. If a society is judged by the wellbeing of its poorest residents, we’re doing bloody common!

Query 2: QLDC should return to being a ratepayer service.

We should have interaction with the group and act on their suggestions, fairly than paying lip service and ticking obligatory containers whereas carrying on with agendas privy solely to a specific few.



Council: Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Age: 58.

Occupation: Massey College functionality improvement supervisor; Shaping Our Future (Queenstown Lakes) board member; NZ Pure Hazards Inc co-chair of board.

Query 1: Previous to Covid, QLDC had the quickest rising and diversifying native financial system in New Zealand as distant working, tech sector and movie and TV companies flocked to the district. As we work our approach by the Covid disaster the district is as soon as once more the quickest rising within the nation. The principle boundaries to a totally various financial system are the native reasonably priced housing disaster, congested roads, insufficient tertiary training alternatives and an excessively conservative council tradition.

Query 2: QLDC administration tradition change. Win again group belief, opening all conferences and selections to the general public.

Allow speedy private and non-private reasonably priced housing improvement. Quick-track revolutionary, environment friendly, sustainable public transport.

Allow a thriving complete tertiary training sector. Handle development by district plan overview away from tourism. Ship a various, thriving, resilient, sustainable financial system.

Comprehensively overview spending to keep away from the looming QLDC monetary disaster. Improve group funding and streamline processes.

Push for fit-for-purpose Three Waters reform.



Council: Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Age: 44.

Occupation: Structural engineer and present QLDC councillor.

Query 1: 1. A give attention to the infrastructure necessities for diversification to flourish. A precedence for our district is to safe a dependable energy community, whereas additionally constructing on our arts and tradition areas and sporting amenities.

2. Creating profession alternatives for our proficient youngsters to remain in our district.

3. Constructing expertise inside our district by leaning on the expertise that already reside right here.

4. Implementing our housing technique so expertise has a spot to remain.

Query 2: 1. Get some central Queenstown parking into Stanley St.

2. Lead a group dialogue on Wanaka Airport and safe its community-led future into the 10-year plan.

3. Reconnect the council with its group. A council that listens to its group and never led by exterior consultants.

4. A spotlight in making our streets within the CBD safer.

5. Allocating funding for the leisure alternatives that are actually accessible with the current Mt Iron buy.



Council: Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Ward: Wanaka-Higher Clutha.

Age: 39.

Occupation: Carpenter.

Query 1: Queenstown may present greater than only a good picture alternative to vacationers.

There are numerous methods to diversify an financial system. As I’ve solely have a 75-word allowance to answer on this article, I can’t go into any of them intimately. I’ve acquired some fascinating concepts from the general public on this explicit subject, and should you really feel you could have some other concepts to contribute, ring me on (022) 158-0045. One of the best thought I’ve …

Query 2: If elected, I’d prefer to hear extra to my voters. I’d like to seek out out the place the general public stand on a selected subject, after which characterize that view as precisely as doable to council. I’d prefer to carry again the unique concepts of a consultant representing the general public. This implies involving the general public extra within the decision-making course of.



Council: Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Ward: Arrowtown-Kawarau.

Age: 48.

Occupation: Self-employed.

Query 1: Accountability and transparency, so we will unequivocally belief the council is appearing in the very best curiosity of the group, as a way to defend the integrity of the environment. QLDC has been underwhelming in its method of placing the group and our companies on the centre of its decision-making course of. When community-based investments are compromised, a lack of group is skilled. We should nurture our richly various atmosphere and depart a legacy for our future generations.

Query 2: Transport/roading wants a multi-layered method. QLDC should take a look at larger density improvement of present centres, encouraging higher land use planning, investing in clear automobile infrastructure and rising use of public transportation. Investing in public transport, not instead technique of transport, however a purposefully constructed main technique of transport that’s dependable, accessible and resilient. Land-use methods that concentrate on creating communities which might be self-reliant with entry to prime quality and sustainable residing. [abridged — Ed.]



Council: Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Age: 37.

Occupation: CEO of Startup Queenstown Lakes.

Query 1: We want a mindset shift away from the ‘‘simply tourism’’ mentality, to actually diversify.

Our area has a lot extra to supply. Prior to now few years in my work with the Financial Growth workforce I’ve seen enormous potential to diversify our area, particularly in movie and tech.

Query 2: 1. Housing. The scarcity is crippling our financial system as a result of employees can’t discover wherever to remain.

2. Diversification — we have to transfer away from a mono-economy and construct a resilient various financial system.

3. No to Three Waters. The present proposal removes native decision-making.




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