The Queenstown Lakes District Council is preparing to lodge
an application with the National Rural Fire Authority to
recover the cost of a fire at Cecil Peak in March.
The fire broke out after a group of six English people, all
living in Queenstown, visited the area on a borrowed boat,
intending to have a barbecue and a few drinks.
A 29-year-old male later told Queenstown police an unattended
gas cooker appeared to start the fire, which quickly got out
of control. The group left the area on the boat, called 111
and returned to Queenstown.
They were later asked by the council to cover the cost of
fighting the fire - $16,000 plus GST, including $13,000 for
When the Otago Daily Times asked whether any of the money had
been paid, the council replied it was preparing an
application to the National Rural Fire Authority to recover
Council senior communications adviser Michele Poole said if
the application was accepted, the council would proceed with
action to recover the cost.