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Water everywhere – councillor update #3

This update is all about water and what’s happened since Minister David Parker and Judge Peter Skelton put a metaphorical bomb under ORC’s water planning processes. If you’re new to this, you’ll find the information – a press release, the … Continue reading

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Wind down report – councillor update #2

Before things wind down (or up) for Christmas, and in the spirit of openness and transparency, I’ve detailed below my activities over the past month or so. It’s a broad outline of some of the issues that we are facing … Continue reading

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ORC councillor update #1

My first weeks on the Otago Regional Council (ORC) have been an intense learning curve.  As the first Queenstown based councillor on the council, there’s a backlog of Queenstown issues that have landed in my inbox.  I’m working through them … Continue reading

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It’s time to vote

Voting for regional rouncil is super important.  It is where the government’s broad national policy statements such as for freshwater, transport, urban development, soil quality and others, are managed.  Regional councils are responsible for the integrated management of the natural and … Continue reading

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Queenstown Airport Corporation Statement of Intent – the clock is ticking

Photo credit: Crux.org There is no time to lose. Queenstown airport is within 3 years (depending on tourism slowdown) of reaching its noise boundaries.  The Queenstown community has unequivocally said NO to any expansion of those boundaries. Wanaka appears similarly … Continue reading

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Talking about restoring Lake Hayes – a model for the district?

Photo credit:  Destination Queenstown  Lake Hayes in Autumn Otago Regional Council (ORC) Dunstan ward candidates Alexa Forbes and Richard Bowman have worked together to provide you with this look at the Lake Hayes restoration plan.  The pair have separate interests in … Continue reading

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Application for waste water discharge

Update:  10 August. This application has rightly caused huge concern: I’ve had heavy criticism about the lack of detail in the proposed draft conditions of this consent application. Personally, I agree with a good part of that. I wrote this opinion piece for our … Continue reading

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The Future of Ladies Mile

”An important question is should Council play a proactive role or a reactive role in managing this change. Whatever option is taken it is likely that Ladies Mile will be developed to completion over the medium term.”  Source: Para 74 … Continue reading

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Small words, poor context, email battle

UPDATE 1/11/17.  I had a call today correcting me on my accusation against the original reporter and it’s fair enough.  The original reporter had made corrections to the original story.  The ‘quote’ I was later upset somehow survived that process … Continue reading

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Connectivity

‘We have to put the eco back into economics’ – David Suzuki Connectivity is a major theme in my Masters work.  Right now I’m thinking about how we connect the exponential disruption we’re facing in the digital space, with our … Continue reading

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