Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board re­port card

Wanaka’s four elected com­mu­nity board mem­bers have had a year in the hot seat. Mir­ror re­porter Mar­jorie Cook asks how they are go­ing.

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - First term board mem­ber and chair­woman Rachel Brown Q: Happy or sad? Q: Are you de­liv­er­ing? (Brown cam­paigned on more self-de­ter­mi­na­tion for First term board mem­ber, Ross McRo­bie. Q: Happy or sad? Q: Are you de­liv­er­ing? (Be­fore elec­tion McRo­bie quest

Smi­ley faces. That’s the stamp Wanaka’s com­mu­nity board mem­bers would give them­selves one year after elec­tion.

The board com­prises four elected com­mu­nity mem­bers and three Wanaka-ward coun­cil­lors.

Four of the board mem­bers are new but de­spite cut­ting their teeth of some of the most con­tro­ver­sial town projects pro­posed yet: the Wanaka Lake­front Re­serves Man­age­ment Plan and the $13.4 mil­lion Three Parks sports fa­cil­i­ties.

Th­ese rate-weighty items in­clude swirling con­tro­ver­sies over a $1mil­lion boat shed and a $11.8 mil­lion swimming pool com­plex.

And milling just around the cor­ner, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der, are Cardrona’s waste­water scheme, Wanaka’s town cen­tre ur­ban de­sign (more is to come), the dis­trict plan re­view (in­clud­ing ru­ral gen­eral zones), a pro­posed com­mu­nity house, and a Wanaka trans­porta­tion study.

A: Happy. Although Brown says she finds ac­cu­sa­tions of pre­de­ter­mi­na­tion ‘‘quite hard’’. When one sur­faced dur­ing the Oc­to­ber pub­lic fo­rum she was quick to de­fend the board’s work.

A: ‘‘Yes. It was quite a big step that we were del­e­gated the lake­front re­serves man­age­ment plan. The coun­cil could have taken con­trol of it . . . the coun­cil could de­cide not to del­e­gate any­thing to the board. It is a gov­er­nance agree­ment rather than any­thing ab­so­lute. The staff are of­ten want­ing to go straight to the coun­cil but it is im­por­tant they come to us. If there was a Wakatipu Com­mu­nity Board as well, I think peo­ple would then un­der­stand it bet­ter . . . I have to keep re­mind­ing peo­ple things

have to come to Wanaka.’’

A: Happy. The board is di­verse but is work­ing ‘‘ex­tremely well’’.

A: Now un­der­stands con­sul­ta­tion is the na­ture of a lo­cal gov­ern­ment job and there has to be ‘‘one, two or even three’’ op­por­tu­ni­ties to talk about re­ally im­por­tant things, such as lake­front man­age­ment and the sit­ing of sports fields. Also ac­cepts re­mov­ing the word Queen­stown is ‘‘just too hard’’. ‘‘I don’t think peo­ple will ac­cept the name change. There may be some le­gal is­sues around that that I wasn’t aware of at the time.’’

A: Happy. ‘‘To be hon­est I re­ally did have my doubts when we started, that this par­tic­u­lar board would not get on. But they’ve to­tally evap­o­rated . . . I thinkwe have the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives cov­ered very well.’’

A: ‘‘Gen­er­ally speak­ing, I have al­ways been an ad­vo­cate of the Three Parks con­cept. I think that’s fi­nally through the worst of it now. There were a few hic­coughs along the way, but you will get that with any­thing. I think our rep­re­sen­ta­tives do a fan­tas­tic job on the coun­cil. I had my doubts at the start. But they don’t ask as many silly ques­tions as Queen­stown coun­cil­lors do. I’ve heard some pretty silly ques­tions asked.’’

A: Happy. ‘‘I en­joy it. I en­joyed it last term but I think I en­joy it even more this term. It is a busier board and my part­ner says I ama hap­pier per­son when I come out of meet­ings.’’

A: ‘‘It’s been a busy year, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of the lakeside re­serves man­age­ment plan. That took up a hell of a lot of time. (Lloyd was on the hear­ings panel and es­ti­mated at least 40 hours, in­clud­ing two full days of hear­ings and sev­eral meet­ings). I didn’t dream it would take as long as it did. We were con­stantly in each other’s email space and on the phone . . . But there is al­ways more that could be done.’’

Wanaka.) Photo: CHE BAKER/ FAIR­FAX NZ 628593229

Busy: Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board chair­woman Rachel Brown (right) with board mem­bers Ross McRo­bie, mayor Vanessa Van Uden, Bryan Lloyd, Calum Macleod, Ella Law­ton, Mike O’Con­nor, and Lyal Cocks. This Novem­ber 2013 pho­to­graph was taken at their first meet­ing after the 2013 elec­tion.

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