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Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

the hip with the English but refuse to ad­mit it. They get all the benefits but want to re­main sep­a­rate and have their own lan­guage. They re­sent be­ing told what to do. A lot of the English gen­try have houses in Wales and it’s a nice place to live.

‘‘Queen­stown are the English – the big­ger pow­er­house driver of the whole re­gion and ba­si­cally want ev­ery­one to shut up and do what they’re told.

‘‘Kingston and Glenorchy are prob­a­bly the Ir­ish who are also mak­ing mur­mur­ings of se­ced­ing from the union and are al­most ready to start throw­ing bombs around.

‘‘If you get to places like Makarora they could be the West­ern Isles, like Shet­land, where they’re so dis­con­nected they’re al­most in­de­pen­dent and don’t re­ally care what the oth­ers are up to.’’

The anal­ogy was greeted with some laugh­ter at the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil ta­ble this week but had a se­ri­ous side, he said.

‘‘The point I was try­ing to make is we re­ally are a whole heap bet­ter off as a union. I think deep down every­body knows that.’’

The dis­trict-wide anal­ogy came to him as he read through the hun­dreds of in­for­mal sub­mis­sions made on the pro­posed Spe­cial Hous­ing Ar­eas in the dis­trict.

‘‘There was a lot of vit­riol that was un­nec­es­sary re­ally.

‘‘Of all the re­sponses, and there were hun­dreds, there were prob­a­bly 10 to 15 per cent that were well rea­soned. The vast ma­jor­ity were re­ally just about house prices. An­other 10 per cent at the other end of the spec­trum were just nasty.’’

Mayor Vanessa van Uden re­ferred to the na­ture of some of the sub­mis­sions at the end of the coun­cil meet­ing, say­ing that it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate to be ‘‘hav­ing a go’’ at the per­son­al­i­ties and per­sonal be­hav­iours of peo­ple sit­ting at the coun­cil ta­ble.

‘‘We want to hear what you think, but we don’t want to be in­sulted on the way through.’’

MacLeod said there was a gen­eral opin­ion that Queen­stown told ev­ery­one what to do.

‘‘It’s not like that re­ally . . . but it does seem quite Queen­stown-cen­tric. They are the English by de­fault and Queen­stown­ers do seem to take them­selves quite se­ri­ously.’’

In an­other anal­ogy he likens the dis­trict’s in­fra­struc­ture to mod­els and movie stars.

Wanaka is about 30 years be­hind Queen­stown and prob­a­bly al­ways will be and its in­fra­struc­ture to­day is like a model start­ing his or her ca­reer, he said.

‘‘They’re young, the in­fra­struc­ture is there and the bone struc­ture is per­fect. It’s how that gets han­dled whether it ends up be­ing on the front page of Vogue or the back of New Idea.

‘‘Queen­stown, how­ever, is strug­gling a bit and needs a bit of Botox to keep it go­ing. It was a Rachel Hunter but now it’s be­com­ing . . . not quite. But you look at (ac­tresses) Judi Dench at 80 and He­len Mir­ren – they are both very at­trac­tive women.’’

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