Ser­vice to lo­cal govt

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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.’’

DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Tony and Vickie Hill at their home in Jacks Point, Queenstown.

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