Mayor branded ‘a liar’ by fund man­ager

Ac­cused of Wanaka bias

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Mayor Vanessa van Uden was la­belled a liar dur­ing a mayor fo­rum held in Wanaka last week. The fo­rum, held in con­junc­tion with the Otago Cham­ber of Com­merce, at­tracted about 35 peo­ple. It be­came heated when fund man­ager Greg Mar­shall asked what Mrs van Uden would be do­ing about the bias she had to­wards Wanaka. Mrs van Un­den said she did not have any bias to­wards Wanaka. How­ever, Mr Mar­shall then ac­cused her of be­ing a liar and said he had at least eight other peo­ple who would con­firm they at­tended a lun­cheon where Mrs van Uden said Wanaka was filled with ‘‘winge­ing old peo­ple’’ and ‘‘gree­nies’’. She de­nied mak­ing the com­ments. Mrs van Uden said Wanaka would be ‘‘sig­nif­i­cantly worse off’’ if it was to split from the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil and be­come a stand alone coun­cil. ‘‘It will be sad to see you go away. I don’t think Wanaka has been badly done by or un­der­rep­re­sented,’’ Mrs van Uden said. Coun­cil­lors voted in dur­ing the elec­tion would make an oath on Oc­to­ber 12 to rep­re­sent the whole com­mu­nity, she said. Mrs van Uden said one way of eas­ing the ten­sion of the is­sue in fu­ture was to make sure Queen­stown and Wanaka rep­re­sen­ta­tives shared jobs. Mayoral can­di­date Al An­gus said ‘‘it’s a bit mis­er­able it’s come to this with Wanaka want­ing to bail. I sup­port strength in num­bers.’’ He de­clined to re­spond to com­ments on whether Mrs van Uden was bi­ased say­ing ‘‘a lady should never be called a liar’’.

Al An­gus

Vanessa van Uden

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