Queenstown-Lakes District Council

Wānaka-Upper Clutha Ward
The Queenstown-Lakes District Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also makes decisions about building and planning, local regulations, and infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage. The council is made up of 11 councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Four councillors will be elected from the Wānaka-Upper Clutha ward. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Queenstown-Lakes District Council election.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

  • Confirm the district has a competent civil defence structure in place and ready to react to natural disasters.

    Encourage greater use of active and public transport by providing the appropriate infrastructure.

    Reject applications for development in areas vulnerable to the impact of a changing climate.

  • Support the QLDC Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022-2025, which includes a goals of 44 percent emission reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

    Support active transport and public transport initiatives and people focused design both commercial centres and new housing development.

    Support active transport and public transport initiatives and people focused design in Wānaka town centre and new residential planning.

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: riding my bicycle to work, instead of driving my car, would reduce my emissions by at least 13% by 2025.

    Adapting to climate change: purchase a second water tank and conserve water, in case of drought.

    Devote funds to civil defence, as they may be needed more in the future.

    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: riding my bicycle to work, instead of driving my car, would reduce my emissions by at least 13% by 2025.

    Adapting to climate change: purchase a second water tank and conserve water, in case of drought.

    Devote funds to civil defence, as they may be needed more in the future.

  • Assist in solar panel adoption to meet growing energy demands and to help build resilience in our alpine townships in case of earthquakes.

    Introduce sustainable small scale public transport through community vans, leveraging apps/Software as a service (SaaS) and full self driving cars.

    Promote passive house building principles by ensuring orientation for solar gain and energy modelling is done on new builds.

  • Confirm the district has a competent civil defence structure in place and ready to react to natural disasters.

    Encourage greater use of active and public transport by providing the appropriate infrastructure.

    Reject applications for development in areas vulnerable to the impact of a changing climate.

  • Support the QLDC Climate and Biodiversity Plan 2022-2025, which includes a goals of 44 percent emission reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

    Support active transport and public transport initiatives and people focused design both commercial centres and new housing development.

    Support active transport and public transport initiatives and people focused design in Wānaka town centre and new residential planning.

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: riding my bicycle to work, instead of driving my car, would reduce my emissions by at least 13% by 2025.

    Adapting to climate change: purchase a second water tank and conserve water, in case of drought.

    Devote funds to civil defence, as they may be needed more in the future.

    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: riding my bicycle to work, instead of driving my car, would reduce my emissions by at least 13% by 2025.

    Adapting to climate change: purchase a second water tank and conserve water, in case of drought.

    Devote funds to civil defence, as they may be needed more in the future.

  • Assist in solar panel adoption to meet growing energy demands and to help build resilience in our alpine townships in case of earthquakes.

    Introduce sustainable small scale public transport through community vans, leveraging apps/Software as a service (SaaS) and full self driving cars.

    Promote passive house building principles by ensuring orientation for solar gain and energy modelling is done on new builds.