Controversy continues to surround a deal between the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) and Auckland International Airport Ltd (AIAL), but Queenstown Lakes Mayor Clive Geddes says the second phase of share issues to AIAL is not yet a done deal.
A $27 million deal to sell a quarter-share in Queenstown Airport without consulting ratepayers first was criticised yesterday by former mayor Warren Cooper as "deeply disturbing" and mayoral aspirant Vanessa van Uden, who said the process "sucked".
Wanaka Rodeo Club president Roger Moseby hopes shifting the club's arena to the Albert Town reserve will be supported by a council recommendation this week.
A proposed refurbishment of the Tap in Arrowtown will be discussed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council utilities committee at its meeting in Queenstown tomorrow.
Slips, dangerous trees, safety signs, flooding, and ice and snow control collectively cost $1.1 million more than was budgeted for in the 2009-10 year.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has reported a $6.37 million saving in its infrastructure capital works budget for the 2009-10 financial year.
Wanaka's water network is leaking at a rate of nearly twice the national average and running up a yearly bill estimated at more than $60,000 for the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Wanaka councillors have taken urgent action to start the approval process to buy a new filter for the ageing swimming pool, with the hope the estimated reopening date can be brought forward by two weeks to September 25.
Deep-water testing may provide a solution to an invasive algal bloom which continues to affect water supplies to some Wanaka residents.
Part of next Monday's extraordinary meeting of the Queenstown Lakes District Council to discuss the airport shares issue will be open to the public.
A candidate yesterday ruled out of standing for the Queenstown Lakes District Council because of a previously undiscovered error on her nomination form - submitted last Monday - says she is "gutted".
The Commerce Commission will not be conducting an investigation into Auckland International Airport Ltd's (AIAL) acquisition of a minority stake in Queenstown Airport, with Auckland Airport announcing it will "strongly defend" High Court proceedings it was served yesterday.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council this week approved a new lease to the Fun Centre for a term of 33 years, with a seven-year right of renewal. The new lease sets rent at 5% of turnover or $10,000, whichever is the greater.
More than half of intoxicated offenders arrested in Queenstown for alcohol-related crimes claimed they consumed their last drink at a licensed premises, despite bar operators knowing it is illegal to serve drunk customers, the resort's police chief says.
Gordon and Joan Martin have been two of the happiest campers ever found in the Wanaka area but after 25 years they are retiring to Oamaru and planning a holiday.
The 2010 TrustPower Queenstown Lakes District Community Awards will be announced in Queenstown tonight.
The deal between the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) and Auckland International Airport Ltd (AIAL) was aired at an invitation-only meeting in Queenstown on Thursday.
Candidates in the Queenstown Lakes District local body elections are urged to get their nominations in, well in advance of the deadline this Friday, electoral officer Jane Robertson said.
Queenstown Lakes district residents face a 9.1% rates increase, up from the 7.7% predicted in June.
Amid the controversy over the sale of Queenstown airport shares, Nick Smith, business manager and director of Allied Press, has an idea to benefit the ratepayers.