QLDC seeking legal advice after letter

Mayor Jim Boult
Mayor Jim Boult
The Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking legal advice over Christchurch International Airport Ltd’s plans to establish an airport at Tarras.

Last week the Otago Daily Times reported Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult had written to Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel "expressing my disappointment and asking for her views" on the proposal, revealed publicly in July.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is the majority shareholder in Queenstown Airport, while Christchurch City Council is also the majority shareholder of its airport.

Mr Boult, in a letter to Queenstown Airport Board chairwoman Adrienne Young-Cooper, labelled CCC’s move to profit from the Queenstown Lakes District a "predatory activity" designed to attack the value of Queenstown Airport, and said the proposed new airport was an "unwelcome intrusion into our district".

Ms Dalziel responded to Mr Boult’s letter, sent two or three weeks earlier, last Wednesday afternoon.

Yesterday Mr Boult, Christchurch Airport’s chief executive from 2009 to 2013, said he was unable to comment on the contents of Ms Dalziel’s letter, however, he confirmed the council was "taking legal advice".

"I just can’t say anything [further] because it’s now subject to what lawyers say."



"predatory activity" -- how come Auckland Airport is a major shareholder in Queenstown Airport? If Boult feels this way then get rid of Auckland Airport. Sounds like a monopoly to cut CHCH out of all NZ landing fees. Boult needs to focus more on fixing water and sewage delivery on his patch along with housing issues. I wish to also remind him Queenstown is not the only place in his district. Would love to see a few foot paths and a few gutters in Lake Hawea. Get on with what you should be doing and stop complaining.



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