Notice of Day of By-election

Wanaka Ward

Pursuant to section 65 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, I hereby give notice that the following persons have been duly nominated as candidates for the vacancy in the Wanaka Ward of the Queenstown District Council:

To represent the Wanaka Ward (one vacancy)

  • BATTSON, Jude
  • HUDSON, Wayne
  • SMITH, Quentin
  • SPEARING, Eddie       Independent

As there are more candidates than there are vacancies to be filled, an election will be held between the said candidates using the first past the post electoral system by postal vote, conducted over the period from 6 July 2017 to 28 July 2017.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has resolved under regulation 31 of the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 to adopt the random order of candidate names to appear on the voting documents.

Voting documents must be returned by post or delivered no later than 12.00 noon on Friday, 28 July 2017 to the Electoral Officer for the Queenstown Lakes District Council, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown.  Voting papers will also be accepted at the Wanaka Service Centre, 47 Ardmore Street, Wanaka up to 12 noon on Friday 28 July 2017. 

Click here to find out how many voting papers have been returned to date.  

The final day for polling is 28 July 2017 at 12.00 noon.

Special Voting

Special voting in terms of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 may be exercised at the following places during ordinary office hours between 6 July and 12 noon 28 July 2017:

Queenstown Lakes District Council, Queenstown Service Centre, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown

Queenstown Lakes District Council, Wanaka Service Centre, 47 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Any person not on the electoral roll may apply to enrol as either a residential elector or a ratepayer elector no later than the day before the close of voting. i.e. 5pm on 27 July 2017.

Dated at Queenstown this 1st day of June 2017.


Eddie Spearing
027 472 9908

Eddie Spearing

Our district is currently undergoing massive change. It has to be managed effectively with sympathetic vision.

I have lived in Wanaka since 2002. I’m approachable, a connector and will support and work for the community, having been involved in many community groups.

Our youth must be catered for within a largely increasing median age demographic. We need to remain a vibrant and relevant environment for our youth.

As Wanaka Swim Club President I look forward to the new Wanaka pool. As a lake swimmer I gain enormous pleasure from the lake and am a strong advocate for purity of water. Of all the things for which I have a platform, our lakes and water issues affect every one of us.

As a bike rider the current position with Wanaka’s Sticky Forest is obviously important to me.

As self employed it’s important Wanaka develops industry outside of tourism and land development.


Quentin Smith
021 270 3706

Quentin Smith

As Deputy Chair of the Wanaka Community Board I am engaged daily on a range of issues that affect our community.  The opportunities and experiences in this role have strengthened my commitment to being a strong voice for Wanaka in the District. 

Strong strategic planning in the areas of urban growth, economic development, transport, infrastructure, services, facilities and recreation with meaningful community engagement remains a priority to ensure we don't lose the things that make Wanaka what it is and repeat the mistakes made elsewhere.

I bring a wide range of experience working in Local Government and Planning including development of plans of management, development planning, policy development and interpretation, environmental education and community consultation.

I have lived in Wanaka for thirteen years with my wife Kate and seven year old daughter. I want to continue to make a difference in our community. 


Jude Battson
027 561 6088

Jude Battson

I listen when people tell me what matters to them. 

We're in this together. I’m unafraid to speak out, and believe effective consultation and listening to the community ensures informed decisions are made. You deserve robust explanations regarding big development and spending.

Water quality, parking,  roading,  pedestrian/cycling safety, tourism, freedom campers, rampant development and managing the environment all matter.

My employment history includes horticulture, office admin and community support work.  I am experienced working with QLDC strategic planning and have achieved  significant infrastructure, recreation and reserves projects e.g.tracks, playgrounds, foreshore, sportsfields/facilities, roads/paths, water/sewerage upgrades.  My volunteer work includes Wanaka Primary School trustee,  Ruby Island coordinator,  Lake Hawea Guardians chairperson, driving force establishing Wastebusters, Kahu Youth, Women's Support and more. 

I will work for the people, environment and local economy in a proactive and accountable way. 

I am informed, motivated, energetic, and would like to represent you at the council table.


Wayne Hudson
021 688 192

Wayne Hudson

I am a semi-retired technology lawyer but still consult to start-up businesses on intellectual property, capital-raising and corporate matters.

I am a director or advisory board member of several technology-driven companies and was recently on the steering group for the Centre for Space Science Technology in Alexandra.

Actively involved in the local community, I mentor a number of Wanaka start-ups and assist with the Wanaka Co.starters business programme.

A lover of sports, I am a cyclist, fencer and tramper.  I also ski and am President of Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club.

I strongly believe we need decisive planning for our area’s future. I will be a strong voice to lobby for Wanaka and its future needs and will work hard as part of the team of Wanaka Council and Community Board to develop a sensitive approach to the predicted growth in order to enhance and protect our area.

Local body elections

The 2016 Local Body Election has been completed and the final results are available below.

Information about the rate at which votes were return is available below.

Candidates are required to provide a return of their electoral donations and expenses.

Pre-election Report

View the latest Pre-election report here

Contact the Electoral Officer

Any questions about the election can be directed to Jane Robertson, Electoral Officer, telephone (03) 441 0499 or email jane.robertson@qldc.govt.nz