A group intent on making Wanaka independent of the Queenstown
Lakes District Council has changed tack for the moment.
In September last year, Wanaka resident and former
Christchurch city councillor Graham Berry told the Otago
Daily Times he represented a core group of five people
working on a privately funded proposal for an independent
The group at that time was close to appointing a consultant
to carry out an independent review of the proposal and to
create a ''definitive document about how the financials stack
However, in response to recent ODT inquiries, Mr Berry
said efforts were now ''entirely devoted to the Gigatown
Wanaka is the leading town in the social media Gigatown
competition being run by telecommunications infrastructure
''While we are confident a smaller local council is
achievable and the best way for our future, right now we
don't want anything to distract from Gigatown,'' Mr Berry
He considered Wanaka was likely to grow by about 5000 people
before the next census and that rate of growth meant Wanaka
having its own council would be ''essential and inevitable''.
''We are confident Wanaka can and should have its own
governance and will continue work on that after Wanaka has
won the Gigatown competition.''