The entire Lakes Leisure board resigned yesterday after
finding themselves in an ''untenable position''.
Board chairman Peter Faul and directors Wayne Evans, Jan
Caunter, James Coddington and Mark Elliott have been replaced
by Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden, Queenstown Lakes
District Council chief executive Adam Feeley and chief
financial controller Stuart Burns following an ''urgent''
council meeting yesterday afternoon.
Mr Faul told the Otago Daily Times the board's
decision to resign en masse stemmed from the council's
announcement on Wednesday it was disestablishing its two
council-controlled organisations, Lakes Leisure and Lakes
On the day of that announcement, Mr Faul said the Lakes
Leisure board, at its next scheduled meeting - held yesterday
- would resolve to ''co-operate with the shareholder through
He said yesterday the resignations of the board were
''subject to some good, healthy discussion'' during the
meeting. However, ultimately, they felt there was ''no
''It's reasonably matter of fact.
''The board was in an untenable position and was unable to
commit to exercising its statutory duties and had to resign
The council was informed of the board's decision yesterday
afternoon, he said.
Ms van Uden told the ODT the council received a letter signed
by the board members stating their resignations were
''As to their reasoning ... I don't know.
''The company has to have governance ... We did need to act
immediately [so there was] an urgent meeting [called].''
Those councillors in the resort attended in person, while
others took part by teleconference from Wanaka and Ms van
Uden from the North Island, where she is attending the 2013
TrustPower National Community Awards.
Ms van Uden said the new board would have to be reconfirmed
at the next full council meeting, but it was important the
new appointments were made to ensure ongoing governance and
the ''smooth operation of the company''.
The existing management team would continue to run the
day-to-day operations of the company and that would be
complemented by council officers and elected representatives
to govern Lakes Leisure through the reintegration process.
It was business as usual for the time being ''and the public
will not observe any change to services provided by Lakes
Leisure'', she said.
Lakes Environmental chairwoman Anne Urlwin could not be
The Lakes Environmental board, comprising Ms Urlwin and
directors Mike Coburn, Jeffery Brown and Nick Brown, is
scheduled to hold a board meeting on Wednesday.
''To date, all the indications are they will continue to work
with us,'' Ms van Uden said.