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QLDC Mayor and Councillors



Jim Boult ONZM

Mayor Jim Boult

0274 801 201

It has always been my way to balance community and commerce, so I am now applying to the Mayoralty all of the skills I have developed through a lifetime in business.

Under my leadership, the Council is addressing the big issues which face our fast-growing district: traffic and transport; the introduction of a visitor levy; the cost of housing; water quality; and adopting a clear vision for the future.

That vision must reflect the needs and aspirations of our community so please share your views with me and your Councillors – contact details for all your elected representatives are here.


Deputy Mayor

Calum MacLeod

Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod

021 272 1505

Arrived in Wanaka in 1989. Married to the perfect Kiwi - Andrea Riley [30 years]. Have 2 Magestical kids - Angus and Ngaio. We developed the Paradiso Cinema [20 years]. Proud of - BA, Ski Instructor, Building our Home, Chef, Paradiso Cinema, Our Family, Getting Elected. "Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!" Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Alexa Forbes

Councillor Alexa Forbes

021 296 4255

I live in Frankton and am firmly focused on building a shared future that respects our environment and supports our people and communities. These values inform my decision-making in my roles as chair of the infrastructure committee and as liaison for Tangata Whenua and the Queenstown Trails Trust. I work part-time as a lecturer in sustainable practice coordinating graduate programmes and I volunteer as Chair of the Abbeyfield executive committee.  I am always keen to discuss new ideas towards solving our issues. Feel free to contact me at the details below or on  facebook/councilloralexa.

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Craig Ferguson

Councillor Craig Fergusson

0274 869 933

From kindergartens to the elderly at Abbeyfield and everything in between. That has been my 30 odd years in the Queenstown Lakes District. I am a people person and admire the diverse make up of our communities. As a former NZ Colt and Junior All Black sport and rec is my strongest suit but this community has taught me so much more. Most of my Council time is spent out in the community assisting where I can residents and community groups while not shying away from the calls that must be made around the Council table. We live in one of the most special regions of the world and we have to work hard to keep it that way. We are in it together.

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John MacDonald

Councillor John MacDonald

0274 356 092

I have lived and worked in Queenstown for 30 years, I reside in Frankton and have a daughter at Otago University. I have extensive community, commercial and governance experience including: Managing Director - Danes Shotover Rafts, Whyte Waters Group, Owner - Quickstop Auto Service, past Chairman - Destination Queenstown and Queenstown Winter Marketing Group. I am now working to improve health services as Chair; Alliance South's, Mental Health and Addiction Network and the Central Lakes Health Network.

I believe we need vision and long term plans, which will ensure our district is a fantastic place to live, work and visit for future generations.

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Penny Clark

Councillor Penny Clark

021 640 974

I am an energetic, enthusiastic Queenstowner who cares about the future of the Lakes District and managing the inevitable growth our pristine environment encourages in today’s world. I am an ex-Hotelier of over 35 years, managing properties in Australia and New Zealand and more recently the Goldridge resort in Queenstown.

My enthusiasm for tramping and kayaking in the district keeps me fully engaged in our wonderful environment; living in Hallenstein Street, keeps me abreast of the towns challenging transport and parking issues! My knowledge of the tourism Industry and ten years of residency in Queenstown gives me a solid grounding to support our plans for the future of the district.

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Quentin Smith


Quentin Smith


021 270 3706

I live in Wanaka with my wife Kate and my daughter Madison and enjoy sailing, kayaking and skiing.

With a strong background working in Environmental Management, Recreation, Planning and Local Government I am passionate about helping Wanaka to manage the extraordinary growth we are experiencing.  I have fought and will continue to fight for equitable and timely service and facility delivery, strategic planning and stronger environmental protection.

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Ross McRobie

Councillor Ross McRobie

0274 329 892

I was born and grew up in Invercargill, went to Otago University and completed a B Comm. I'm married to Petrea and have two adult children and two grand children. I was a member of the Institute of Accountants for over 30 years. I managed many radio stations over this time and then commenced Governance work and joined a number of boards ranging from not for profit, to a number of private companies to Government appointed boards.

I've lived in Wanaka for over 8 years, enjoy boating, mountain biking, music and my family.

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Scott Stevens

Councillor Scott Stevens

021 664 553

It is my pleasure to be representing the people of the Arrowtown Ward. I have lived in the Wakatipu for 18 years, the last 8 in Arrowtown. I have a passion for this district, its history, environment and future prosperity. Ever since gold was discovered in the Arrow River over 150 years ago the Queenstown Lakes have attracted people with a desire for success and a positive attitude to match. As a council, we need to balance this enthusiasm with respect for our unique history and environment. I welcome the opportunity to oversee the delivery of services and support for this community at this challenging time for our district.

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Tony Hill

Councillor Tony Hill

0274 336 575

I am a resident at Jacks Point and have lived in the Wakatipu basin since 1977. I am married to Vickie and we have 3 children who were raised and educated here in Queenstown. I have during my time here been involved in hospitality, tourism, aviation, health and education either in a senior management role or as a director.

As a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, I have been involved in business governance since 2000 serving on various boards within our region. I am self employed as a Property and Project Manager specialising in commercial and new home builds.

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Valerie Miller

Councillor Valerie Miller

027 228 6586

I have lived and worked as a General Practitioner in the Wakatipu Basin since 1984. I was drawn to the area by its sporting attractions, the unique nature of the community and its overwhelming beauty. I have two children who enjoyed the freedom to explore what the region has to offer.

I have fought to retain Lakes District Hospital services for 30years and was a board member on the Wakatipu PHO before this was swallowed up by the Otago Southland PHO. I am currently on a working group to improve health service to the region. I have served on several sport club committees.

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Wanaka Community Board

Wanaka Community Board 1 


Rachel Brown (Chair)

Rachel Brown

021 042 5597


I arrived here in 1995 to teach outdoor education and train as a mountain guide; I became embedded in the Hawea community and have been here ever since. I built my own house on a small farm which I share with my partner and daughter.

I believe as citizens we have both rights and responsibilities; a successful community engages with each other to create the community we need/want. After several years working at grass roots with various community groups, my current focus is to help strengthen the role of the Wanaka Community Board in its role as interface between community and council.

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Ed Taylor

Ed Taylor

0274 307 549

I moved to Wanaka with my family in 2003 after a long career in broadcast media.  Together with Kim I ran the local radio station, Radio Wanaka, over the next nine years.  After selling Radio Wanaka I was appointed General Manager of the iconic Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.   I have a passion for Wanaka and the Upper Clutha region which I describe as simply ‘the best place in the world to live’.   Outside family and work my passion is cycling.  Whether road racing, hitting the trails on my mountain bike or just jumping on my bike to pop into town that’s my happy place.

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Ruth Harrison

Ruth Harrison

021 474 904

I will work with others in our Wanaka community to develop a united approach to our future. I bring experience in local and central government, health, community housing, strategy, governance and financial management.

In a professional capacity, I enjoy the challenges of general and change management. My personal passions include a focus on human rights and community-led projects.

I am on the Board of Directors at Dunstan Hospital, a member of LINK Upper Clutha community development project and the Steering Group for the Alpine Lakes Research Centre. My other interests include outdoor pursuits and the performing arts.

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