The Cardrona community has been ''really let down'' by
the Queenstown Lakes District Council, which failed in its bid
to buy abandoned sections in the village, a local publican
Cardrona Hotel co-owner Cade Thornton's views were echoed by
developer Kathy Brooke-Lynne, after the Public Trust
confirmed the sale of five abandoned goldmining sections
across from the hotel which had been earmarked for a village
green by the council.
The council's tender to buy the land from the Public Trust,
which could not trace the original owners, was unsuccessful
and the sites were sold to Wanaka developer Lane Hocking, who
owns two farms in the Cardrona Valley.
Mr Thornton, who also put in a tender on the car park
sections, conceded the council had done all it could to buy
the land for the community during the tender process, but
more could have been done before that stage, he believed.
''I think that they [the council] should have been far more
proactive in designating it [the land] car park a long time
ago and I think the whole community feels really let down.
''If they didn't have enough money I'd have happily put money
in to up their bid. They never came to me and had a
discussion ... they should have come to us.''
Ms Brooke-Lynne, who owns the land between the car park
sections and the Cardrona River, was ''really disappointed''
the council was unable to secure the land for the community.
''We've been waiting on the Public Trust to sort out those
titles for several years on the understanding that the
council would purchase them once them once they were
available ... nothing could be developed with certainty when
you didn't know what would be in front of it.''
However, Ms Brooke-Lynne said she had a good working
relationship with Mr Hocking, who had been ''extremely
helpful and supportive as a landowner'' on other community
''And I believe that whatever he does there will be good for
Cardrona and in keeping with the Cardrona character
Mr Hocking told the Otago Daily Times yesterday he had
no immediate plans for the land.
''I believe in Cardrona long-term and having a bit of land
there doesn't hurt ... I like the area. It's nice and if it
ultimately grows and we can help with that then all the
Deputy mayor Lyal Cocks said the council was disappointed it
had missed out on the sections, but other land options for
the village green would be considered.
''There's quite a few sections up for sale in Cardrona, so
we'll just have a look at the structure plan, talk to the
community association and see where we put our efforts to
secure what the community needs ... there may be some better
Mr Thornton believed the council's other options were
''They won't want to pay the money that they're asking for
these other sections ... So if they don't have the money to
buy the car park they'll never have the money to buy anything
Wellington-based Public Trust consultant Paul Browne advised
the ODT yesterday three of the remaining four
unclaimed Cardrona sections, the ones on either side of the
hotel, had sold.
Mr Thornton confirmed the hotel bought the properties for
future business expansion.