When prominent New Zealand artist Rita Angus painted a self-portrait in Wanaka in 1939, little did she know the image would become the catalyst in arts patron John Charrington's dream to build a multimillion-dollar art gallery in the town.
The majority of campers using Queenstown Lakes District Council-run holiday parks at Glendhu Bay and Wanaka are satisfied with their camping experience and more than half of them want the council to retain management of the parks, a survey has indicated.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council has instructed its chief executive to begin developing an "events office action plan" and report back by August on how such an office would be operated, staffed and governed.
Following its hearing in Wanaka earlier this week, the Queenstown Lakes District Council heard yesterday from a range of Queenstown submitters to the 10-year plan.
Up to 600 delegates from city, regional and district councils will gather in Queenstown next month for the 2012 Local Government New Zealand conference.
Adam Feeley's proven track record makes him the right man for the job as Queenstown Lakes District Council's new chief executive, Mayor Vanessa van Uden says.
Despite occupancy at all four Queenstown Lakes District Council holiday parks being down at least 20% this past winter, park manager Greg Hartshorne will present a report to council tomorrow saying they are operating "in a profitable manner".
An elm tree on Centennial Ave in Arrowtown which was sawn in half and nailed back together, then died as a result, has added to the spate of trees being pruned without Queenstown Lakes District Council consent.
Senior Queenstown Lakes District Council staff will review before Christmas ''a number'' of options for new council headquarters in the resort.
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden and district council chief executive Adam Feeley will help manage the reintegration of Lakes Environmental board activities back into the council.
The primary focus on the Queenstown Lakes District Council's reorganisation has naturally been on jobs lost - about 40 full-time equivalent positions - with more than 100 staff directly affected. That is as it should be.
The boundaries separating where freedom campers can and cannot park up overnight within the Queenstown Lakes district are being disputed by the body representing caravan users.
Concerns from the Wanaka community about a perceived lack of progress on the town's sports facility project have been partially addressed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Leasing arrangements for the Queenstown Lakes District Council's four main camping grounds could be known in ''a matter of days'', the council's chief executive, Adam Feeley, said.
Just as the Queenstown Lakes District Council-led convention centre proposal creeps forward, the developer behind the resort's second planned centre is also making moves.
Lake Hawea residents are on notice - if they do not take better care of their recycling station, in Domain Rd, the Queenstown Lakes District Council will do away with it.
A zipline company's 11th hour appeal has stymied Skyline Enterprises plans for a competing business in the same area - for now, at least.
Lunch-time gardening tours will be on offer this week at the Queenstown Gardens, guided by Queenstown Lakes District Council parks manager Gordon Bailey.
What is rural and what is not was one of the questions posed at a resource consent hearing in Wanaka this week.