Final referendum result announced

Date:
Jun 18, 2019

The final count for Queenstown Lakes District Council’s referendum on a proposed visitor levy of short-term visitor accommodation has been confirmed. Full results are as follows:

Votes Received/Percentage

>         I SUPPORT the introduction of a visitor levy as an additional charge on short term accommodation throughout the district: 8,032 votes/81.17%

>         I OPPOSE the introduction of a visitor levy as an additional charge on short term accommodation throughout the district: 1,863 votes/18.83%

>         Informal votes: 1/0.00%

>         Blank voting papers: 24/0.00%

>         Overall voter return was 42.04%, amounting to 9,920 votes.

Voting on the proposed visitor levy closed at noon, 5 June 2019. The final result saw turnout rise from the provisional count’s 41.45%; both are higher than anticipated, with 30% return for a non-binding referendum considered high.

ENDS.

The provisional results were announced on Friday 7 June advising the timelines and details of the subsequent work programme will be publicly available once confirmed: 
https://www.qldc.govt.nz/news/show/2108/mayor-boult-delighted-with-provisional-referendum-result/

Media contact: communications@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 1802.