QT mayor treated to gifts, cheer
There was no tears, no hugs, no high-fives, but Queenstown Lakes District councillors sitting at the penultimate meeting before Saturday’s election did make some important decisions - following gifts from a member of the public.
In a lighter moment during the public forum on Thursday, regular attendee Evan Jenkins - after complementing the council on ‘‘the bikini beach willows [having had] a Brazilian’’ - presented outgoing mayor Vanessa van Uden with chocolates.
Jenkins said it was in recognition of her being ‘‘unelected’’. Van Uden thanked him for being a ‘‘rare and unique’’ presence at meetings.