The Office of the Auditor-general has begun a study
concerning the controversial strategic alliance between
Queenstown and Auckland airports, to "seek learnings" from
existing council-controlled organisation models.
Recruitment for two new
directors for Queenstown Airport Corporation has begun - one
to be appointed the chairman-elect until the board's annual
meeting, with the possibility of a fifth director being
Television weatherman and pilot Jim Hickey last night joined
Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) chief executive Steve
Sanderson and Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan to
officially "switch on" the $2 million runway lights at
The controversial alliance between Queenstown and Auckland
airports has cost Queenstown ratepayers more than $560,000 so
far, and the final cost in litigation costs and legal fees is
still to be determined.
A "prudent" approach has
been taken by the Queenstown Airport Corporation in its
proposed dividend policy for providing a return to the
Queenstown Lakes District Council, which could see the
community receive $2.25 million by September and a total of
$3.75 million after the next financial year.