Wanaka Community Board chairman Lyal Cocks and
self-described "Christmas fairy" Jen Anderson in front of
Wanaka's "Christmas tree", which has been targeted for
felling. Photo by Mark Price.
The Christmas tree in Wanaka's main street seems destined
for the chop.
At a meeting of the Wanaka Community Board yesterday,
chairman Lyall Cocks described the evergreen tree, of
undetermined species, as an "eyesore".
He said it of blocked a "Wow" view of Lake Wanaka for those
heading down Ardmore St from the east.
The board was considering the tree's removal as part of the
upgrade of Upper Ardmore St and improvements to the Lake
Wanaka foreshore area.
Queenstown Lakes District Council "Christmas fairy" Jen
Anderson also supports removing the tree. Ms Anderson, who is
employed by the council to put up Wanaka's Christmas
decorations, yesterday agreed the view to the lake would be
better if the tree was gone.
She pointed out that during the years the tree had been
decorated, late-night tree climbers had typically knocked the
star off the top and replaced it with a road cone.
This Christmas, the star would be fitted as usual but instead
of the tree being decorated, it would be lit up from the
Next year, Wanaka would inherit an artificial Christmas tree
from Queenstown, which was in line for a new "tree" made from
skis, she said.
The community board has resolved to include the felling of
the Wanaka Christmas tree in next year's annual plan.