Service to local govt
A belief in the importance of community and the drive to get things done has led to former Queenstown Lakes mayor Vanessa van Uden being recognised in this year’s New Year Honours.
van Uden was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government.
Her legacy as a two term mayor included sorting out finances, ’’getting things in good shape’’, and making it easier for people to do business with council.
‘‘I am satisfied that I left it [council] better than I found it,’’ she said.
The citation recognised work in the community too, including her involvement with the Wakatipu High School Board of Trustees, Wakatipu Trails Trust, St John area committee and the Branches Trust.
Since leaving her role as mayor she has also been involved in starting the Baby Box charity.
‘‘These are the things that make the difference between a community that cares and people just living in some place.’’
Tony and Vickie Hill at their home in Jacks Point, Queenstown.