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Queenstown Trading News, Issue #127 22/10/19

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There’s no doubt about it – Niki Gladding is a divisive figure. She’d agreed to meet me in her hometown of Glenorchy and as I carefully negotiated the tourist traffic war zone of the Glenorchy road it was a chance to reflect on the first occasion I had spoken to her over three years ago.

At that time, she was locked in a bitter battle with Camp Glenorchy, the $40 million eco hotel that re-defined the use of technology to save the planet. The US philanthropist funded project upset Niki because it was using land that she thought should be used for local housing – it was, she told me, “tech green” not soft green and not the right use of the site.

At the same time, if I called other people in Glenorchy, the mention of Niki’s name would produce a heavy pause in the conversation. She had her supporters for sure, but to say that she ruffled some local feathers would be an understatement.

Oh, and when I did speak to Niki back then, she was clearly very smart and well informed – but getting a short, focussed conversation out of her was an extreme challenge. Even her very best friends will agree on this point.

So – it’s a sunny October day in 2019 and Niki has just been elected to the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Days before the election she’d accused Mayor Jim Boult of a conflict of interest over his tourism group chairmanship – she forced an Elected Members Conduct Committee investigation and is taking the issue to the Auditor-General. And just for good measure she mounted an official information act request a few days before the conflict of interest investigation, that exposed an unusually close relationship between council management and the controversial issue of airport expansion.

We met at the famous Glenorchy shed – her house was “too much of a mess” – and found a couple of tree stumps to sit on – away from the hordes of selfie-taking visitors (up to 4,000 a day peak season) but near where the Dart River jets came gently nudging into their home water basin, full of politely clapping, clearly delighted tourists.

I want to get a glimpse of what the QLDC and Jim Boult can expect when Niki enters her three-year term as a brand new councillor.

“I'm excited and daunted and um, it's just, it's just going be a big learning curve and I'm really interested to find out how it works practically on the inside. I'm interested to get to know the people and how that side of things works and yeah, I'm really excited about learning what it's like to be on the inside instead of working from the outside, but that's going to be a challenge and I'm interested in how I figure out my new MO, I guess if there is a new MO.”

Niki’s MO to date has been akin to a stormtrooper. She does not do things in a small way. It’s boots and all, with chapter and verse of the relevant law to back up her arguments along with a shed load of passion and even a little anger. I always assumed she was a lawyer.

"No, no, no, not a lawyer. So I started off, I did a science degree then I trained as a teacher and did that for about six months. And it was the most difficult thing I ever did – then I moved into outdoor education worked as a ski instructor and I flitted around and my twenties. Then I came here to Glenorchy and had kids, and there was no child care – so I became a stay at home Mum for a while.”

Niki’s time in Glenorchy has been marked by controversy and her relationship with matters legal started, unsurprisingly for Niki Gladding, in an unusual way.

She’s reluctant to tell me the whole story and some of it she wanted off the record, but it involved a late night, hot chips, the local pub and an employment issue. “I challenged it and it was not right” is Niki’s summary of the episode – but either way it was the start of a new career as a legal scrapper.

Niki did later take a paper in advanced resource management issues at Massey University, but she’s largely self-taught. Her refrain that “it’s not right” became her life motto – if she wore blazers it would be embroidered there in Latin – if she had a family coat of arms it would be some legal books and a loud hailer with “It’s Not Right” emblazoned underneath. And it’s not a self-righteous “it’s not right’ – it’s genuine and heart felt.

That’s the challenge with Niki. We are not used to passionate people. There’s not an ounce of politics or self-ambition that I could sense talking with her – just an unfiltered belief in right and wrong, and a burning need to challenge and fix what is wrong.

Niki lives with partner Matt who works as a plumber – they’ve got two kids aged eleven and nine, who both go to the local school. Niki said she would send me through a family photo – but it didn’t happen.

Of course, the problem with Niki sitting in the QLDC council chamber will be that the world is complex and full of compromises. Right and wrong become blurred in a complex web of deals, favours, interpretation, swaps, long term vs short term, jobs vs the environment, growth vs conservation.

But she has a strong network and lots of friends who will help teach her how to moderate but not perhaps dilute her messages and campaigns. Plus, a bunch of other new councillors who are all broadly on board with what they see as the need for change both inside the council and outside, here in the community.

“It's going to be a timing thing because some things we have to plan for and others are urgent. So to me the climate action plan is the Biggy. What resources, how many people, how are we going to get this fixed? That’s the big key thing and it's really strategic. If we don't get those changes into the long-term planning, then we're stuffed.”

But she will have to navigate the human relationships as well. Already there’s been a frosty meeting with Jim Boult and council CEO Mike Theelen over next steps in the conflict of interest battle. “They talked down to me” says Niki – disappointed that in her view these two very senior men did not listen to her. She’s taking the fight to the Auditor-General.

It’s not going to be boring.

I asked Niki if she could predict what the situation might be in three years’ time, at the end of her first QLDC term. Will there be blood on the walls?

“I'm sure there will have been battles, but I hope that they’ll be cleanly fought battles, you know? That's what I'm there for. I didn't hide what I was all about throughout the campaign and somehow miraculously I got elected So, I mean, to me, there’s a mandate to keep doing what I'm doing and, and if people come to me with issues, then I'm going to push on in. I'll definitely be pushing for water quality and I definitely will be pushing for climate change and reducing emissions, improving transparency and looking at airport expansion. We'll see how it plays out. I do promise to be well behaved – it just depends on how you define well behaved.”


In a follow up to "Where did the snow go" we discuss climate change with one of the district's leading environmental campaigners Monique Kelly.

If your looking for long term work and you have trade experience and local knowledge of the construction scene, then lets talk about getting you into one of the many projects currently on. Having you're own tools would be good, and remember you WILL be drug tested. No part timers or short term worker please. Visit Canstaff at 70 Glenda Drive, Frankton or call on 021 940 912

The following statement has been issed by QLDC. QLDC advises the developer's name was Richard Black of Blackart Ltd.

"A developer has been fined $12,000 in the Wellington District Court after illegally modifying a Queenstown building without consent.

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is responsible for issuing building consent within the district and in the last twelve months has issued more than 1,400 building consents. QLDC is also responsible for ensuring developers comply with building consents through regular building inspections and monitoring. The safety of people in the Queenstown Lakes region is paramount, and Council is committed to taking a hard line against developers who put people unnecessarily at risk.

QLDC Regulatory Manager Anthony Hall said the recent prosecutions show Council is serious about ensuring everyone gains the necessary consent and adheres to the rules. “People deciding to build in a manner that isn’t compliant are acting both illegally and dangerously,” Mr Hall said.

“First and foremost, it’s an issue of safety: when people undertake projects without the appropriate consent they are potentially putting the future inhabitants of their buildings at risk. It is vital that people undertaking building projects have the necessary consents in place before starting any work on site.”

In this recent prosecution the defendants (the company that owned the building and its sole director) both pleaded guilty on 30 August to charges under the Building Act 2004. The charges were brought by the Council because the defendants converted a building consisting of an existing residential unit, storage space and offices into five residential units. The defendants had not obtained the required building consents. All five units were used for visitor accommodation.

Land use rules and consent information for building work can be found on the Council website here: www.qldc.govt.nz/planning 


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Are you ready to develop and grow your business this spring? But you need a business focussed work space that allows you to focus and be productive? - IMeet - Co work and meeting space can help. www.iMeet.nz 03-441 4678

Tahuna Stone Queenstown is looking to hire a stonemason for our small, but busy team. We’re looking for an experienced mason to work alongside two others. Ongoing work in the Queenstown lakes area. Immediate start. Top meter rates offered for the right person. Sponsorship possible. Ph. 0211184867 blair@tahunastone.nz

Break One Clay Target Sports prides itself in offering an exceptional experience
in Clay Target Shooting in a stunning, private setting on Queenstown Hill.

We currently seek: Full time Instructor/Guide

This person will be responsible for:
– Ensuring a high standard of exceptional customer experiences instructing
and encouraging our clients in Clay Target Shooting.
– Handling firearms, managing range safety, so experience with firearms
and a NZ Firearms license or Oversea’s equivalent is a must
– Being a Queenstown-savvy “tour guide”. We provide courtesy transport
for our clients so you will need to have a clean NZ Driver’s Licence and be
able to share knowledge of our wonderful area along the way
– Supporting the marketing of our business. You will need to have an
understanding of or be willing to learn about marketing our business
through social media and online profiles, client relationships and be
involved in growing our sales.

We offer:
– Full training
– Starting hourly rate of $25
– Great working conditions in a fantastic, unique and fun work environment
If you have a passion for shooting, a practical mind, like to work with people and
want to work for a great team, then please email a CV/letter of application to
Blake Holden blake@breakone.co.nz

Remarkable Golf Tours – Queenstown NZ are looking for a Tour Guide Driver to join our team.
The role will be full time starting in November
We require someone who has:
Great communication and customer service skills

Good local knowledge


Flexible nature and the ability to deal with multiple tasks
Excellent time management skills
NZ driving license with small and large P Endorsement required
Experience beneficial
Good rate of pay and flexible/ variable hours
Please send your CV to book@remarkablegolftours.co.nz

The Hills Golf Club are seeking a Golf Operations Assistant for the summer. This is a full time fixed term position (November – March).
 
The main roles will include meeting and greeting our members and guests, delivering food and beverage on course, assisting with the delivery of our golf events including the New Zealand Open and some front of house work.
 
A knowledge of golf would be ideal but isn’t absolutely necessary. Full training will be provided. 
 
This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small passionate team who are committed to delivering an experience that exceeds expectations.
 
To enquire or apply please contact Craig Palmer 
cpalmer@thehills.co.nz 
ph 021 844 653

SALES AND SHOP ASSISTANT POSITION AVAILABLE WITH SLOW STORE
Fast growing concept store and design studio in the heart of Queenstown is seeking a new member to join our team!
Dynamic work environment that deals with interiors, design and fashion.
Please contact Martina at: martina@slowstore.co.nz
Business Address: 83 Beach Street, Queenstown CBD, 9300
Website: www.slowstore.co.nz
Instagram: @slow_queenstown

Senior Florist with One Fine Day Weddings

We are on the hunt for a talented and hardworking Wedding & Event Florist to join the One Fine Day team.

This is a fast-paced role working in a busy team environment at our studio and at various venues. Experience is essential and a positive attitude is a must!

Remuneration will be discussed with interested applicants. Position available immediately.

Those interested please email their resumes to

kath@onefineday.co.nz with the title FLORIST ROLE.

Fancy a summer working in beautiful Northland?  Good level of experience in hospitality?  Read on….

We require experienced Managers, Supervisors, Front of house staff, Mixologists and Baristas to work in four busy restaurants all in unique locations throughout Northland; The QuayThe Cove Café, The Dune and No. 8.

As an important team player you will be upholding our high standards in the restaurants whether it is mixing cocktails, waiting tables, running food, smashing out the perfect flat whites or simply answering the phone.  We are looking for experienced hospitality staff to join our team this Summer from November through to the end of January.

All the restaurants excel in customer service, food delivery, food presentation, outstanding cocktails and we pride ourselves on the positive experience we provide for our customers.

We are looking for hospitality staff with a minimum experience of 2 years who can safely say they can do two of the following to a high level of competence – Comfortably handle a section on your own; Experience in making classic cocktails; Knowledge of New Zealand wine and/or wine from the rest of the world; Good level of barista skills; if so we want to hear from you!

We pay extremely well for the right staff and offer excellent career prospects and training.

There are 6 restaurants in NZ owned by Lloyd and Mike.  The Quay (Whangarei) The Cove (Waipu) The Dune (Mangawhai) and No.8 (Whangarei) are all based in Northland with Fire and No.8 in Mount Maunganui.

The right candidates must be good team players, have happy dispositions, prior experience is essential and have a legal right to work in NZ – As is the nature of hospitality it is shift work which means more time to surf or chill at the beach on your break!

If you have a passion for great food and drinks, excellence in customer service and enjoy working in big teams get in touch on the details below.

Please email your CV or phone Lloyd to find out more –

P/ – 027 232 6010

E/ – the_cove@yahoo.co.nz

The Chop Shop Food Merchants 
in Arrowtown is now looking for new team members!

We are looking for a couple of FOH and a Chef.

If you wanna be a part of fun, crazy and very professional team, send us your CV’s to thechopshop65@gmail.com!

Fancy a summer working in the sunny Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty?  Good level of experience in hospitality?  Read on….
We require experienced Front of house, Mixologists and Baristas to work in two busy restaurants; Fire and No.8 a stones throw from the beach.
As an important team player you will be upholding our high standards in the restaurants whether it is mixing cocktails, waiting tables, running food, smashing out the perfect flat whites or simply answering the phone.  We are looking for experienced hospitality staff to join our team this Summer from November through to the end of January.
Fire – Mount Maunganui and No.8 – Mount Maunganui excel in customer service, food delivery, food presentation, outstanding cocktails and we pride ourselves on the positive experience we provide for our customers.
We are looking for hospitality staff with a minimum experience of 2 years who can safely say they can do two of the following to a high level of competence – Comfortably handle a section on your own; Experience in making classic cocktails; Knowledge of New Zealand wine and/or wine from the rest of the world; Good level of barista skills; if so we want to hear from you!
We pay extremely well for the right staff and offer excellent career prospects and training.

Fire and No.8 are 2 of 6 restaurants in NZ owned by Lloyd and Mike.

The Quay (Whangarei) The Cove (Waipu) The Dune (Mangawhai) and No.8 (Whangarei) are all based in Northland.  There is scope to work in the Northern Restaurants as well so feel free to inquire if Northland is of interest.

The right candidates must be good team players, have happy dispositions, prior experience is essential and have a legal right to work in NZ – As is the nature of hospitality it is shift work which means more time to surf or chill at the beach on your break!

If you have a passion for great food and drinks, excellence in customer service and enjoy working in big teams get in touch on the details below.

Please email your CV or phone Jeremy at Fire/No.8 to find out more

P/ – 07 929 7011

E/ – fireatthemount@yahoo.com

 

Server with barista skills with Big Fig Queenstown
We’re looking for an outgoing, people-loving server with barista skills to join the awesome team at Big Fig!
Immediate start. Email your CV to queenstown@bigfig.co.nz

Queenstown House are looking for a part-time housekeeper to start immediately.

All applicants must have the right to work in NZ and have housekeeping experience.

stay@queenstownhouse.co.nz

Fear Factory Queenstown is Queenstown’s iconic Haunted House and for the past 5 years we’ve been dishing out generous portions of terror to the unsuspecting public!
We are looking for enthusiastic, creative and outgoing people to join our incredible performance team.

Applicants must display originality and eagerness to learn the creative art of scaring with the ability to sell our experience, merchandise and great customer service skills.

If this sounds like a role for you please drop your Cover letter & CV in store at
Fear Factory Queenstown – 54 Shotover Street, Queenstown, or
via email – queenstown@fearfactory.co.nz : with the subject job Advertisement : (your name)

Insight Roofing Ltd
Employment avilable for two hammer hands
Construction experience prefered
Tools supplied
Potential sponsorship for the right people
Above award wages
02040518073

codydawson00@gmail.com

Experienced Joiner Wanted – Queenstown Joinery

We have full-time position available for an experienced Joiner to join our busy and friendly team.
Ideally, the successful applicant will possess a good knowledge of joinery installation, must be trade qualified
in cabinetry and timber joinery, and also have a minimum of 5 year’s experience.

The role would suit persons who:
– Have a tradesman background as a solid timber joiner
– Put together cabinetry from plans and shop drawings
– Experience working with a range of machines
– Have a positive attitude, be reliable, honest and work well with others
– Work with limited supervision and be able to produce a high standard of work
– Able to meet deadlines and work efficiently in a fast paced environment
– Have minimum 5 year’s experience
– Have full current drivers licence

Applicants for this position must have NZ residency or a valid work visa.
Remuneration by negotiation is relevant to experience and qualifications.
If this sounds like you then please contact us!
Please email CV and a covering letter to: queenstown.joinery@xtra.co.nz

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