The tail is not wagging the dog according to Mayor Boult [Wanaka Sun, 27/02/20]
Tuesday’s council meeting has “confirmed our worst fears that Auckland International Airport Ltd is controlling the agenda and not Council via the SOI process,” said a post on Protect Wānaka’s Facebook page. “This is a case of the tail (Queenstown Airport Corporation) wagging the dog (Queenstown Lakes District Council). We’ve been asking for months how QLDC plans to control QAC (and what they do at Wānaka) now that Wānaka Airport has effectively been sold to them.”
Protect Wānaka reported that, “Mayor Jim Boult issued a stark warning to councillors today that moves to limit Queenstown airport growth could be challenged by Auckland Airport as a minority shareholder.”
However, yesterday, QLDC issued a statement saying, “The 2020 Statement of Expectations for the Queenstown Airport Corporation was the main focus of an extraordinary meeting of the QLDC this week, outlining what Councillors will be seeking from the Corporation’s upcoming Statement of Intent.
At the meeting, Mayor Jim Boult recognised that decisions made regarding the future of airport development in the district also needed to consider the Corporation’s minor shareholder, Auckland International Airport Ltd.
‘I felt it important to remind my fellow elected members that, even as the majority shareholder, we are not alone in this decision-making process. And that locking the QAC into such a definitive position without agreeing it with the other shareholder could be open to legal challenge from them. I personally feel it is right and proper to highlight such risks when making these decisions,’ said Mayor Boult.