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.
Connectabus has fired back at criticism from a Queenstown Lakes District Council subcommittee this week, saying the council has "hardly ever" promoted public transport itself in 17 years and the Wakatipu bus service is better value than that in most centres.
More than 60 Arrowtown residents quizzed their local government elections candidates on the controversial Queenstown Airport shares deal, high rates increases, councillors versus council staff issues, heritage values, taxing visitors and the tension between growth and amenity last night.
A council policy prohibiting caravan dwellers from living at camping grounds is causing ill-feeling towards the new manager of the Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park, the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Adventure tourism companies throughout the Lakes District are being encouraged to attend next month's second annual adventure tourism forum, organised by Destination Queenstown, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) and the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), in Queenstown.
The companies behind the $100 million The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments have been ordered to pay more than $19,000 to the Queenstown Lakes District Council for allowing workers and contractors to park off site during construction of the development.
A council request to formalise the use of the helipad on Bob's Peak, has received two "informal" applications from local helicopter operators.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council's inaugural online survey of 183 respondents on the issue of solid waste is "a tool for feedback", Mayor Vanessa van Uden says.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council will meet community representatives today as part of the regional response to last week's Christchurch earthquake.
Development plans for Hillend Station will once again be scrutinised by a Queenstown Lakes District Council hearing in Wanaka today.
Free all-day parking within Queenstown is no longer an option, with one Chamber of Commerce member saying the current situation is "not very friendly for those wanting to visit" the area.
The importance of landlocked Queenstown and Wanaka to tourism nationally will be stressed when the Queenstown Lakes District Council makes submissions on a land transport strategy for the next 30 years.
A suggestion the Queenstown Lakes District Council fund a contestable district-wide events fund drew sharp intakes of breath, nervous giggles and oohs, during a teleconference between Wanaka and Queenstown residents yesterday.
Conflict over Wanaka Airport land-use designations will see the Queenstown Lakes District Council appealing its own decision to the Environment Court.
The Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade is reminding the public to ensure fires in outdoor cooking receptacles are extinguished, after a fire was started this week by a pizza oven.
The Shaping Our Futures public forum has endorsed a proposal for a one-stop shop district events office for Queenstown and is recommending the Queenstown Lakes District Council increases its annual events budget from $380,000 to $1.6 million over four to five years.
Following several years of delays in the design process, preliminary work on Wanaka's much anticipated Ardmore-Brownston Sts roundabout is likely to begin in the next two weeks.
Wanaka accommodation providers yesterday criticised the Queenstown Lakes District Council's proposed new visitor recovery costs scheme through changes to its rating differentials.
A new, user-friendly mapping service, featuring property information, district maps and specific views, on the Queenstown Lakes District Council website is expected to become more widely used.