Advisory Group

We have set up an independent Advisory Group to challenge our thinking as we develop the Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan.  

This group of highly skilled people bring local and national perspective to a challenging project. 

Collectively the Advisory Group have a strong interest in the future of the Queenstown and enhancing the vibrancy of the town centre.  They bring a diverse range of experience to the table in areas such as urban design, tourism, transportation, place making, environmental, community and commercial.   

The group will meet monthly, providing impartial advice to help guide the Masterplan programme, and assurance that what's being proposed will meet the needs of our partners, stakeholders and wider community.  


Jane Taylor (Chair)

Jane TaylorJane is a professional director and independent hearings commissioner, following a 35 year career in law, accountancy and finance.

She is currently Chairman of New Zealand Post Limited, Landcare Research New Zealand Limited and Predator Free 2050 Limited, and Deputy Chair of Radio New Zealand Limited. She is a Director of Silver Fern Farms Limited, Kiwibank Limited, Hirepool Group Limited and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan New Zealand Forest Investments Limited, and is a board member of the External Reporting Board (XRB).

Jane holds a LLB(Hons) and a LLM with First Class Honours from Auckland University and a postgraduate qualification in accountancy from Victoria University of Wellington. She is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court, a Member of the New Zealand Law Society and the Resource Management Law Association, and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in New Zealand.

Jane, together with her family of 5, has been a permanent resident of Queenstown since 2001, and is passionate about what she considers is the best place in the world to live and enjoy.


Jacqui Moir

Jacqui MoirJacqui originates from Auckland, New Zealand and has been living and working in Queenstown for the last 8 years. She has raised two children, now both in their twenties

Jacqui has a passion for all things community and absolutely loves her role as Manager at Wakatipu Youth Trust, working with a dedicated team to create and provide a huge array of opportunities for our young people to grow their strengths and potential.

Her passion for young people grew through training and volunteering for two years on the crisis phone lines at Youthline and during studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology followed on by a Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

Through supporting and advocating for youth of the Wakatipu area and celebrating all that they contribute to our community we ensure they feel connected and a valued part of this place they call home and is also an investment in our future as a district as well as any community they choose to be part of in the future


Steve Wilde 

steve wildeSteve has lived in Queenstown for 20 years.   Having spent many years as a journalist for Radio New Zealand, he has a broad understanding of the issues facing the area.  He has a strong community focus and is involved in several community organisations, including Showbiz Queenstown and was part of a group that raised $3 million to rebuild the Queenstown Memorial Centre.  

For the past two years, Steve has been General Manager of DowntownQT. He enjoys  the challenge of working with the business community and the Council to ensure the Town Centre retains its position economically, socially and culturally - at the heart of New Zealand's number one tourist destination.



Mike Fisher

Mike FisherMike is an experienced practitioner who has worked for over 17 years in placemaking, urban regeneration and planning projects across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

He currently has his own small practice Urbantacticians based in Christchurch supporting governments, the private sector and community groups on a variety placemaking and planning projects.

Mike has qualifications in Planning (Massey University, New Zealand) and Sustainable Development (Imperial College, London). He is a member of the international Placemaking Leadership Council, the Planning Institute Australia and the New Zealand Urban Design Forum.

Mike is on the board of Te Pūtahi - The Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City Making, and recently served on the Property Council (South Australia) Mainstreets Committee.

Mike presents at various conferences and masterclasses and has lectured tertiary students on placemaking, urban regeneration and planning both in Australia and New Zealand.



Graeme McIndoe

Graeme McIndoeGraeme McIndoe is a Wellington based architect and urban designer, and director of McIndoe Urban Ltd.

He has been involved at the core of projects including the Christchurch Retail Precinct Plan, the Auckland and Wellington waterfronts, Auckland’s Unitary Plan, Aotea Square in Auckland and Civic Square in Wellington.

He is a member of several design panels, provides town and city centre and district plan policy advice, design review, and masterplanning including many projects for major institutions and developers.

Current projects include a spatial plan for Petone, parking policy for Lower Hutt City, work on the proposed East West Link motorway connection in Auckland and on the Basin Reserve masterplan in Wellington.

As a specialist urban designer he takes particular interest in the vitality and success of town and city centres, and the quality of the processes, spaces, connections and design projects that help to deliver great urban outcomes.  



Darren Davis

Darren DavisDarren Davis works in the tricky nexus between land use, placemaking and movement. Put simply, there’s no point having place without movement to get there and no point having movement with no place to go.

Darren has 25 years' experience in transport and land use, including being a lobbyist, planner, strategist, communicator and consultant. He has been involved in projects ranging from high level strategic policy advice; successfully influencing regional and central government agencies; to on-the-ground involvement in major transport infrastructure and land-use projects; doing public transport service design; carrying out high-level policy and strategy work as well as being a key team member on transit oriented development projects.

Darren is currently Auckland Council's Transport and Land Use Integration Manager as well as being a lead instructor in Simon Fraser University’s on-line Next Generation Transportation Certificate programme. 



Dean Whaanga

Dean WhaangaDean Whaanga is a born and breed Southlander who lives in Bluff with his wife Loureen. They have three boys. “ Most of our holidays were spent holidaying in Frankton at the family caravan, swimming in the lake and visiting the town centre, it was very enjoyable and each year we looked forward to the summer there”

Deans tribal affiliations are Ngai Tahu, Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu. He has worked for Telecom as a communication technician, and for the last twenty years has worked in the Maori Tertiary sector and then for his Iwi Ngai Tahu.

Dean is the Kaupapa Taiao Manager for the Murihiku entity ‘Te Ao Marama Inc’ which is the Ngai Tahu resource management and environmental consultancy for Southland and Central Otago (which is shared with Kai Tahu ki Otago).

Dean brings to the Advisory Group a strong knowledge of Ngai Tahu values and tikanga. He knows the Maori histories and traditions for the Whakatipu area. He has worked in the Maori arts field and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.



Jay Cassells

Jay CassellsJay is a lawyer with over 30 years experience in environmental and planning law in Australia and New Zealand.  He is the founding director of a film, media and arts company, and a published cartoonist and writer. 

A long time local, Jay is married with two sons who are quite interested to know in what shape the place will be left for them.



Johnny Stevenson

Johnny StevensonJohnny has lived in Queenstown for over 20 years, but his affiliation with Queenstown goes back 5 generations.

He started the property investment company Westwood Group Holdings back in 1994 and is currently the co-owner of Coronet Property Management. He is on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves on the Central Otago Branch NZ Property Council committee.

On a personal level, Johnny is a member of the Shotover 4WD Club, Arrowtown Tennis Club, is a 6 year Motatapu Mountain Bike Veteran and user of NZ Ski’s First Aid Team most seasons.