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Change is not
Time will tell if proposals work
Thinking about Council, I
always try to remember
First, people in council do it
out of passion for this area. It ain't
for money or acclaim.
Secondly, change is a good thing. In
1998 it routinely cost $1200 to fly
return from Queenstown to
Auckland. The latest deal is $139 one
Sometimes we have to change to
benefit. I'm old enough to remember
the grocery where you came in with
a list and the grocer ran round and
filled your basket for you. We have
accepted filling our own trolley, even
using a self checkout in return for
lower prices and greater variety; and
pay extra to shop by Internet and
have goods delivered.
Thirdly, the Queenstown Lakes will
continue to grow. In the peak growth
periods pressure on services, on the
landscape, and on the local
community become the key issues.
Changes made for today's conditions
need to provide for tomorrow.
Lakes Environmental now comes
full circle back to in house. But
wider issues remain including the
District Plan -- which drags projects
into needing consent at all -- the
Environment Court and how
planners are trained.
If doctors bury their mistakes then
so do councils in regard to water,
sewerage and roading. Changes need
to ensure that the most valuable and
expensive assets in the community
achieve their design life.
That requires people with specific
responsibility for those areas who
have the time and tools to protect
our investment. Very often it can
take many years before inattention
or under-investment becomes
Finally -- libraries. If libraries are
seen as a supermarket for paper then
a substantial change in operations
probably won't make a difference.
But throughout NZ we had public
libraries before we had sewerage
and roads. If they have a wider role
then that is the start point for any
discussion about the staffing of
''God might be a strategist, but the
devil is in the details.'' It will be
some time before we know whether
every aspect of the proposed changes
at Council are for the better. The
wider community has a greater
interest in many of these areas than
the Council has so far acknowledged.
Duncan Field owns Limousine
Services Queenstown, is a past chief
executive of the Queenstown Lakes
District Council and an occasional
The sky's the limit in the quest
for love -- just ask my agency
Alas there was no sky high
romance on that trip. I will
keep my eyes peeled next
time I'm at the airport.
At Easter I flew to
Auckland for a girls'
weekend. Good times
were had by all but
there's little chance of meeting
the man of your dreams when
you're spending the weekend
Undeterred, I was inspired
when, while reading the
Jetstar magazine, I spotted an
article about a young couple
who are newly engaged. The
proposal took place on a recent
Jetstar flight; and they'd met
on the same travel route a year
before. The idea of meeting the
love or your life on a plane
struck me as a delightful story.
With hope in my heart, I
glanced around at the other
passengers sitting near me on
To my left, a young guy of
about 18 in scruffy jeans
listening to music and to my
right, an older man who was
intently reading a Lee Childs
book. He was quite possibly
with his wife and grandchild.
Even if either of them were
single I didn't see much
potential. Alas there was no
sky high romance on that trip.
I will keep my eyes peeled next
time I'm at the airport.
Meanwhile a friend thinks I
should try my luck with old-
fashioned dating agencies.
These have always appeared to
be like the dating version of
job recruitment businesses
with an agent trying to find a
suitable match. Still it is worth
considering. I don't have
anything to lose apart from the
enrolment fee and hey, there
are some risks worth taking.
True love is priceless in
Queenstown's Single Girl is
looking for true love. Advice
and potential candidates
should be emailed to
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