Find out how to contact the Mayor, your local Councillor or Community board member.


Mayor Vanessa van Uden

Cell: 027 229 6008



Wakatipu Ward

Merv AoakeMerv Aoake
Cr Aoake is a community support worked for Jigsaw Central Lakes, a support agency for families experiencing domestic violence. He is interested in youth and families, the social wellbeing of our communities and getting the best “bang for buck” outcomes. He represents QLDC on the Frankton Marina Working Party, the Wakatipu Inter-agency Group, the Kingston Community Association and the Lake Hayes Estate Residents Association.

Phone: 03 4427637 — Cell: 027 4301719   Email: 


Craig FergusonCraig (Ferg) Ferguson
Cr Ferguson is a radio presenter with wide community and sporting interests. He is the Deputy Portfolio Leader for Operations; a member of the Dog Control Committee and the Events Funding Panel; and represents the Council on the Coronet Forest Joint Committee with Central Otago District Council; and the Otago Regional Council Conservation Committee, as well as the Glenorchy Community Association and the Arthur’s Point Community Association.

Cell: 0274 86 99 33 — Email: 


Alexa ForbesAlexa Forbes
Cr Forbes is a researcher, development and sustainability advisor for Otago Polytechnic’s Centre for Sustainable Practice. She co-owns Scope Media, offering communication advice and workshops for companies. Cr Forbes is interested in effective decision-making frameworks, sustainable infrastructure and tackling transport and road congestion. She is Deputy Portfolio Manager in Infrastructure and Assets, a member of the Chief Executive’s Performance Review Committee and represents the Council on the Frankton Community Association and Destination Queenstown.

Cell: 021 296 4255 — Email: — FacebookLinkedInTwitter


Mel GazzardMel Gazzard
Cr Gazzard is the former Principal of Queenstown Primary School and ran a Bed & breakfast business. He now spends most of his time on Council business, with his main interests being sport and recreation, developing the District Plan and getting the best value for the ratepayers’ dollar. He is the Portfolio Leader for Operations, Chair of the Frankton Marina Working Party and represents the Council on the Wakatipu Heritage Trust and the Fernhill-Sunshine Bay Community Association.

Phone: 03 442 9364 — Cell: 021 029 19193 — Email:


Mel GazzardCath Gilmour
Cr Gilmour was formerly a journalist. Her particular interests include strategic issues, the review of the District Plan, and the community. Cr Gilmour is a Trustee of the Central Lakes Trust, Chair of the Queenstown Memorial Hall Trust and a Resource Management Act Commissioner. She is the Portfolio Manager for Resource Management and Planning and represents the Council on the Wakatipu Youth Trust, the Wakatipu Social Services Lead Management Agency and the Kelvin Peninsula Community Association.

Phone: 03 442 2306 — Cell: 027 490 0057 — Email:


Simon Stamers SmithSimon Stamers-Smith
Cr Stamers-Smith is a practising lawyer. He is interested in preserving Queenstown’s character and beauty, which he sees as essential to the District’s future. Cr Stamers-Smith represents the Council on the Gibbston Community Association and the Arrowtown Museum Trust.

Phone: 03 4421442 — Cell: 027 4411940 — Work 03 4412424 — Email:


Arrowtown Ward

Scott Stevens ThumbnailScott Stevens
Cr Stevens is a businessman with interests in media, tourism and hospitality. He has a keen interest in the history and environment of Arrowtown and is active in Arrowtown business, sport and community groups. Cr Stevens represents the council on the Arrowtown Village Association, Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association, Arrowtown Heritage Trust, Arrowtown Design Advisory Group, Coronet Forest Joint Committee, Housing Trust, and the Dog Control Committee.

Cell: 021 664 553 — Email:

Wanaka Ward

Lyal Cocks Deputy MayorLyal Cocks
Cr Cocks is a full-time Deputy Mayor and Councillor. He previously owned and operated an accommodation lodge, restaurant and driving school, and was a Royal NZ Navy Reservist.  He is interested in representing all communities within the District. Cr Cocks is the Infrastructure Portfolio Manager; a member of the District Licensing Committee and the Events Funding Panel; a Resource Management Act Commissioner, and represents QLDC on the Regional Transport Committee, the Wanaka Airport and the Makarora Community Association.

Phone/Fax: 03 443 5750 — Cell: 027 438 1443 — Email:


Ella LawtonElla Lawton
Cr Lawton works with the Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practices. She is interested in developing policies and processes that build strong local economies. Cr Lawton is Deputy Portfolio Leader for Planning and Development, a member of the Wanaka Sports Facility Steering Group, Wanaka Airport Management Subcommittee and the Dog Control Committee. She represents the Council on Destination Queenstown, the Alpine Community Development Trust, Albert Town Community Association and the Ruby Island Management Committee.

Phone: 03 443 5371 — Cell: 021 735 981 — Email: ella.lawton@qldc.govt.nzFacebookWebpage


Callum MacLeodCalum MacLeod
Cr MacLeod owns and operates Cinema Paradiso. He is interested in local issues including the Wanaka Sports Facility and the Foreshore Management Plan; the proposed Queenstown Convention Centre and the District Plan Review. He is a member of the Wanaka Community Board, the Wanaka Sports Facility Steering Group, the Guardians of Lake Wanaka and the Wanaka Licensees’ Group. He represents the Council on the Luggate Community Association, Lagarosiphon Action Group and the Aspiring Arts Trust.

Phone: 03 443 1531 — Cell: 021 272 1505 — Work: 03 443 1505 — Email:


Wanaka Community Board

Rachel Brown
Rachel has lived and worked in the District for 20 years, in roles ranging from mountain guide to journalist, bus driver to peasant farmer. She is a JP, a Trustee of the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust and president of the Hawea Community Association. Rachel describes herself as “vocal, parochial and decisive” and aims to make the Wanaka Community Board the go-to body for issues affecting the ward.

Phone: 03 443 5907 — Cell: 021 042 5597 — Email:

Ross McRobieBryan Lloyd
Bryan has been practicing law in Wanaka for 11 years, previously working in Dunedin and the UK. He previously served seven years on the Albert Town Community Association, including two as Chair. Bryan is interested in encouraging sustainable development and businesses, the wise use of rates and greater engagement with local interest groups and organisations.

Phone: 03 443 4147 — Cell: 021 144 7513 — Email:

Ross McRobieRoss McRobie
Ross is a company director and serves on several local and regional boards. He has had business interests in the leisure and tourism industries. He is interested in tourism and growth; the community’s ability to support businesses; good environmental practices and taking a practical and innovative approach to find solutions to local issues.

Cell: 0274 329 892 — Email:

Mike OConnerMike O’Connor
Mike is a second-term member of the Wanaka Community Board, construction supervisor for a large national company, and has lived in the area for 25 years. He is active in sports and has an International Cricket Award for services to cricket.

Phone: 03 443 9182 — Cell: 021 443 918 — Email:

Please note: The three Wanaka ward Councillors are appointed community board members.


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