Centralising water services – who’s really calling the shots?

In case you missed it, the ‘Reform of Just About Everything’ is underway – including the inter-dependent reforms of Resource Management, 3 Waters, and Local Government. Unfortunately, these pieces of work are being progressed all-at-once, rather than in a logical sequence and it’s impossible to tell how the multiple pieces of new legislation will work …

Ladies Mile re-zoning – inevitable or not?

What follows is a collection of thoughts based on my understanding and what matters to me at this point in time. Don’t take it as gospel, don’t place too much weight on it (I’m no expert). I’ve written this because you have a right to know what I’m thinking. If I need to make corrections …

How not to lose control of QAC

With Queenstown Airport Corporation gunning for a massive expansion, it’s time for Queenstown Lakes District Council to wake up and assert some control over the CCTO’s spending. Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) has lined up its ducks nicely. Thanks to the Council, the company has doubled its landholding.  It’s also obtained Requiring Authority status under the …

No ordinary extraordinary meeting

It was a case of community 2, Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) nil, today in Queenstown’s Council Chambers.  Item 1 was Queenstown Airport Corporation’s Statement of Intent (SOI) – the SOI sets the objectives for the Airport Corporation, 75.01% of which is owned by QLDC. Council Chambers was bursting at the seams and anticipation was high.  …