Questions for Queenstown Lakes mayoralty candidates

Queenstown remained the second most popular place for foreigners to buy. Photo: Getty
Queenstown. Photo: Getty
What do the candidates in the 2019 local body election stand for? The Otago Daily Times gave nominees for the Queenstown Lakes mayoralty the opportunity to answer the following questions:

1    What specifically should Queenstown Lakes District Council do to enable the district
to cope with growth?

2     What are your goals and what should the priorities be for your council?

Al Angus
Al Angus

Council: Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Age: 62.

Occupation: Mechanic.

Question 1:

1. Put a hold on Queenstown airport expansion and noise boundary.

2. Honestly assess water and sewerage infrastructure. Priorities, repairs and expansions.

3. Utilise the immense intelligence of our community to find solutions to problems that have proved beyond the council, such as traffic congestion.

Question 2:

1. Stop the sewage and other unacceptable contaminants flowing into our lakes and rivers, Wakatipu in particular.

2. Re-engage with communities. Only make decisions that benefit at least 80% of ratepayers.

3. Dump the present airport CEO and board; reinvigorate with local talent.

4. Create a Wanaka airport corporation, wholly owned by QLDC ratepayers.

5. Check all avenues for corruption.


Jim Boult
Jim Boult

Council: Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Age: 67.

Occupation: Mayor.

Question 1: We are fortunate to live in one of the most desirable parts of the world. It's not surprising that others want to join us, both residents and visitors. We are taking control of visitor growth through focus on value, not numbers. But this does require investment in infrastructure, after years of underspend by previous councils. This will be aided through the visitor levy I have championed to avoid overburdening our ratepayers.

Question 2: I have set out a clear plan to deal with both our districts' airports and will see this through. Much progress has also been made on resolving the real issue of affordable housing for those in our community who are struggling to get a safe and secure place to live. Our past council has been a collaborative one which has worked hard for the district. Good councils don't happen without strong leadership. I will provide that.


Nik Kiddle
Nik Kiddle

Council: Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Age: 60.

Occupation: Managing director of tourism property management companies.

Question 1: Bring air passenger movements into line with community. aspirations. Protect the environment and the quality of our lakes by withdrawing the 35-year right-to-pollute application, raise awareness of safe dumping and discharge practices, tighten standards for services contractors. Apply ``user pays'' to public visitor facilities and start work on district road charges for rental fleets. Allow higher-density housing where views are unaffected. Provide incentives to populate residential spaces and check urban sprawl.

Question 2: Establish inclusive, respectful leadership that embraces community views in decision-making. Ensure economic objectives reinforce social and environmental ones. Host a district summit on airports to agree on their future. Protect and nurture the natural environment. Achieve housing outcomes that check suburban sprawl. Use funding mechanisms that protect the local economy from economic shock, minimise rates increases and are best practice.


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