Meet the meat ambassador
Surveyor Thompson general manager Claudio Heye, The Rees executive chef and New Zealand Beef and Lamb ambassador chef Ben Batterbury and New Zealand Beef and Lamb food service manager Lisa Moloney at the Rees’ True South dining room on Friday night. Batterbury flew the flag for New Zealand Beef and Lamb in a five course degustation menu, matched with Central Otago’s Surveyor Thompson Wines. Batterbury is one of five New Zealand Beef and Lamb ambassador chefs picked for their skill, inventiveness and pallette when it comes to presenting the kiwi red meat mainstays.
‘‘This event is a great opportunity to introduce people to new cuts of beef and lamb and even sometimes move them away from their comfort zone,’’ he said. Thursday’s Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting vote on whether to move forward with a proposed $60 million downtown convention centre received a 6/3 vote in favour of proceeding. The vote means the council will move to secure capital funding over and above the $32.5m proposed council contribution, amend its long-term plan to withstand those costs and approve scoping work and reporting for a plan change that could expand the boundaries of Queenstown’s CBD zone to include the convention centre site. Councillor Cath Gilmour said she objected because she did not believe a convention centre could sustain itself ‘‘beyond reasonable doubt.’’ Wanaka representatives Calum MacLeod and Ella Lawton joined Gilmour in not supporting the motion.
Ross appeal dismissed
David Ross, the man behind the 700 investors through portfolios in which they thought they had more than $380m. Last month he appealed against the minimum non-parole period of five years and five months, half his full sentence, on the grounds it was ‘‘manifestly excessive’’. The sentence was equivalent to roughly one day for every $60,000 he stole from investors. But Court of Appeal judges Venning, French and Mallon dismissed the appeal.
‘‘There was no need to deter Mr Ross from further offending or to protect the community any further,’’ Justice Venning said in the judgment.