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.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

  • Review the delegations register and adjust to ensure decisions are being made by accountable elected members at the lowest level.

    Ensure all community groups have an elected member delegated to represent them and bring their issues to Council.

    Scrutinise the staff complement and use of contractors, which have a significant impact on operational expenditure and rates.

  • Support transparency in council actions and decision making. Information and decision making process should be public with few exceptions.

    The council must reflect the local cost of living and pay a minimum of the living wage, and above it as a general policy.

    Consultation with the community needs to be robust and not seen to be leading to pre-decided position.

  • Make videos about what's happening in council to make keeping up with the local issues more entertaining and accessible.

    Improve Māori representation in the area by employing local iwi artists to help with design of signage, public spaces and digital identity.

    Facilitate community workshops to help direct decisions around local planning, empower community to be involved via ownership of outcomes.

  • Public engagement: engaging with the public is my priority. To be a representative requires constant engagement with local people.

    Reforms to the size and role of council: increase the role of local government in issues that affect local people.

    Council employee wages and working conditions: ensure council wages and conditions are fair and equal.

    Public engagement: engaging with the public is my priority. To be a representative requires constant engagement with local people.

    Reforms to the size and role of council: increase the role of local government in issues that affect local people.

    Council employee wages and working conditions: ensure council wages and conditions are fair and equal.

  • Review the delegations register and adjust to ensure decisions are being made by accountable elected members at the lowest level.

    Ensure all community groups have an elected member delegated to represent them and bring their issues to Council.

    Scrutinise the staff complement and use of contractors, which have a significant impact on operational expenditure and rates.

  • Support transparency in council actions and decision making. Information and decision making process should be public with few exceptions.

    The council must reflect the local cost of living and pay a minimum of the living wage, and above it as a general policy.

    Consultation with the community needs to be robust and not seen to be leading to pre-decided position.

  • Make videos about what's happening in council to make keeping up with the local issues more entertaining and accessible.

    Improve Māori representation in the area by employing local iwi artists to help with design of signage, public spaces and digital identity.

    Facilitate community workshops to help direct decisions around local planning, empower community to be involved via ownership of outcomes.

  • Public engagement: engaging with the public is my priority. To be a representative requires constant engagement with local people.

    Reforms to the size and role of council: increase the role of local government in issues that affect local people.

    Council employee wages and working conditions: ensure council wages and conditions are fair and equal.

    Public engagement: engaging with the public is my priority. To be a representative requires constant engagement with local people.

    Reforms to the size and role of council: increase the role of local government in issues that affect local people.

    Council employee wages and working conditions: ensure council wages and conditions are fair and equal.