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QLDC Candidate Questionnaire

web-vote2016With the council elections just around the corner we’ve sent out a questionnaire to all candidates asking about support for mountain biking and the QMTBC.

Here are links to what the candidates had to say:

Even if you are not on the electoral roll it is not too late to vote. You just need to visit the council and cast a special vote.

Below is a copy of the email sent to candidates.


Dear Candidate

I’m writing on behalf of the Queenstown Mountain Biking Club (QMTBC) to all candidates in the upcoming local body elections with a few simple questions to gauge their attitudes to mountain biking and support of the club. We intend to publish the answers on our website and Facebook page (which has has just under 6000 ‘likes’).

QMTBC was established in 2003 to develop mountain bike trails and to support the Queenstown mountain bike community. Since then the QMTBC has grown to 600 paid members and thousands of people are riding QMTBC built trails annually. QLDC has funded an economic impact study of mountain biking which will be completed this summer. A DOC counter at the 7 mile reserve counted 23000 users in 12 months to March 2016. Our picturesque trails regularly feature in mountain bike movies and media, both in print and on the web.

Queenstown has become a globally recognised mountain biking destination, largely due to our awesome scenery and having some of the only lift accessed downhill trails in the country. However Rotorua now offers lift accessed riding along with some of the best trail riding in the country. Christchurch Adventure Park, in which the Christchurch City Council has invested two million dollars, opens this summer with a purpose built 1.8km chair lift and a plan to eventually have 120 km of mountain bike trials. In addition to $178,000 in funding for the Nelson Mountain Bike Club, the Nelson City Council has also allocated $100,000 towards a project to build a gondola on Fringed Hill. Queenstown cannot afford to rest on it’s laurels, especially given it’s relative lack of certain types of trails, if it is to remain a global mountain bike destination. The QMTBC has managed to achieve a great deal with very little financial support from the council.

Currently QMTBC have two areas licensed from QLDC, Wynyard Bike Park and Gorge Road Jump Park. The Gorge Road license is due for renewal in January 2018 and there is some concern that we may lose this license area as it has been mentioned that coach drivers want a bus park in town and some see the Gorge Road location as a potential site for this. Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into building and maintaining the jumps at Gorge Road and the area has an international reputation as some of the finest publicly accessible dirt jumps. It would be a great shame to pave paradise and put up a parking lot.

Please take the time to answer the following questions.

1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?

Thank you for your time.

Kind regards

QLDC Candidate Questionnaire: Mayor

Voting papers are currently being sent out for the upcoming local body elections. We mountain bikers make up a significant block of eligible voters in the Queenstown Lakes District and it is important that we have a mayor and councillors who are supportive of mountain biking and the mountain bike club.

To help you decide who to vote for we sent a short questionnaire out to all the candidates. Here are the responses we got back from the mayoral candidates, please take the time to read what they have to say and then vote for a candidate who will help us GSD! And if you aren’t on the electoral role it’s not too late to cast a special vote.

Mayoral Candidates

Al Angus

Al Angus1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
It already is, although I’m unashamedly biased about our district.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Once I’ve sorted through the mess left by my predecessors I will prioritize funding. I fully support activities that are fun, healthy and affordable \, although teaching kids to swim is highest on my list.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Absolutely.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
Stressing the wearing of helmets when your guys are riding anywhere is a must. especially on the footpath. it would be a tragedy if one of your unprotected heads got accidentally clotheslined by a selfie stick.

Jim Boult

Jim Boult In general terms, I am very supportive of any endeavour to promote Biking, particularly Mountain Biking. You may be aware that my wife Karen and I donated a very substantial sum to the establishment of the Lake Hayes track, and continue to make an annual contribution to its upkeep. I’m constantly pleased to see the number of bikes on the track most mornings when I run the track. I’m also an occasional Mountain Biker myself.

As Chairman of the government’s Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP) I am well familiar with the new development in Christchurch at the Port Hills. TGP has also put in excess of $2.0 million into the project. The case for the CCC making a contribution though, was a little unique as the CCC was very keen to see any form of new tourism development take place to aid the City’s recovery. Likewise, the TGP put a significant sum into the Rotorua facility.

I have no doubt that if Queenstown is not already the premier bike destination in NZ, then it will be. The image of biking is also one that is compatible with Queenstown – outdoor pursuit, exercise and environmentally neutral. There is therefore, a natural fit.

I note your questions in relation to QLDC support for the club. The simple answer is that at this time I don’t have the knowledge I need to give an answer to the question of what the QLDC may or may not do to assist your club or any other club for that matter. To give undertakings without that knowledge is to simply look to garner votes.

What I can tell you though is that I support any logical biking related endeavour, and should I be elected, I’m happy to hear any reasonable proposal.

And well done with what you have achieved to date.

Lyal Cocks

Lyal Cocks1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Yes

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
As always would depend on what the funds are required for and justification for using public funds in that way.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
I don’t see any reason why not at this stage but will check out if there are any issues.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?

I congratulate your club on what it has achieved and thank you for all he hard work and effort applied.

John Mann

John Mann1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes. My Mayoral campaign emphasises the need for a healthy work/life balance for all residents and biking in general is a significant contributor to a healthy lifestyle. I have already had a meeting with the Queenstown Trails Trust.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Yes. I support any tourist initiative in the Queenstown Lakes District that supports the ethic of being the best in its field in New Zealand.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
No. I actually think the question is around the wrong way. I support the right of the QTMBC to apply for financial assistance on a project basis at any time. It will come down to a majority of councillors supporting the merits of the QTMBC application against the merits of others for the resources available at the time.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
This is difficult for me to answer as I have not been present for the presentation of evidence or to hear the arguments for and against such a proposal. My past record in Council decisions have always supported the ‘status quo’ i.e. renewal of an existing arrangement.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
Thanks again for the opportunity. What may be of interest to your members is my intention to re establish the committee structure of council so that like minded councillors can concentrate on the activities that interest them. I believe that this facilitates better outcomes, or at least better focussed outcomes for specialty groups and representative organisations. In short, QMTBC’s interests will be ‘owned’ by a committee within council. I think you will do better with ‘Mann4Mayor’.”

Roger Tompkins

Roger Tompkins1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
YES

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
YES

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
YES

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
YES

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
NO

Well, seriously the bike community around queenstown is a joy to behold. I’ve watched and supported the Gorge Rd site and build (I’m only slightly pissed that we can no longer park down by the jumps and watch from the car ) The Bob’s trails are world beating. i’d like to see more terrain opened up in other parts of the district.. Rock-on.

QLDC Candidate Questionnaire: Wakatipu Ward

Voting papers are currently being sent out for the upcoming local body elections. We mountain bikers make up a significant block of eligible voters in the Queenstown Lakes District and it is important that we have a mayor and councillors who are supportive of mountain biking and the mountain bike club.

To help you decide who to vote for we sent a short questionnaire out to all the candidates. Here are the responses we got back from the candidates for the Wakatipu ward. 6 of these people will be elected to the council so please take the time to read what they have to say and then vote for candidates who will help us GSD!

There are quite a few candidates for the Wakatipu ward and they are presented here in the same order as they were listed on the council’s website so don’t read too much into the order they appear.

Also if you aren’t on the electoral role it’s not too late to cast a special vote.

Wakatipu Ward

John MacDonald

John MacDonald1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Further development of Mountain Biking in the area is desirable.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
It is desirable but not essential, good to be in the top bunch.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
That would depend on the proposal and business case put forward.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes I would support a renewal of this license in Gorge Road.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
Thanks for the opportunity

Simon Stamers-Smith

Simon Stamers-Smith1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes I do.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
We strive to be the premier destination in all events and mountain biking should be one.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
As with all things cash is limited but we are supporting the trails trust in its work. I can see no reason why you too should not be supported.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Not being a cyclist have only looked at it from a distance. I would not support its removal.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
Good luck

Craig (Ferg) Ferguson

Craig (Ferg) Ferguson1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
I love the work they have done in the past and continue to do. It needs to be a balanced deliverable approach from here on in.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Always need to have big dreams and imaginings. We need to rattle Rotorua’s cage.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Need to be aware that QLDC money is ratepayers money. Club need to keep in mind the annual plan process and to continue to lobby through that avenue. I look forward to the study on numbers, which council supported, being released when finished.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
The QTMTBC is a inspiring community organisation who through the efforts of many volunteers have gone above and way beyond providing exceptional recreation in the Wakatipu basin. Keep it up.

Peter Faul

Peter FaulWe’re still waiting to hear back from Peter. Hopefully we will have an update soon.

Alexa Forbes

Alexa Forbes1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes, I do support that goal. Question for you, do you work in at all with the Queenstown Trails Network?

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Yes, that’s probably a good goal, although personally I like to think we should do what we do well rather than trying to put ourselves at the top of some arbitrary pyramid.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Personally yes, but any funding would happen through the annual plan process and the community would need to show support through their input into that process.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes I would philosophically support the renewal of the Gorge Road license. I am generally not keen for the community to lose amenity to the commercial sector although realise that often licenses such as this are often short term use of land that is earmarked for something in the future. I would need full details of that license before I could fully commit to supporting its renewal. I can go looking for this information if that would be useful, but would need a bit of time. Do let me know.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
I think the club has done an amazing job over the years – I recognise and admire the way it has, from a volunteer base, created a fantastic resource that contributes to our economic and community wellbeing.

Hudson Turnbull

Hudson Turnbull1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Absolutely!

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Maybe a bit lofty, but hey, why not!

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Yes. However ‘in favour’ doesn’t mean we can get it through the annual plan process.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
Keep up the good work guys. Inspirational!

Niki Gladding

Niki Gladding1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes, absolutely – and especially if there will be options for all levels of rider.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
I’m happy with great-and-constantly-improving (and you’ve got it to there); I think the push to be ‘the best’ is probably up to your club and perhaps Skyline, the ski fields and DQ rather than QLDC. In saying that, I personally think its a smart goal given climate change and the effects on our ski industry. I also think it fits well with QLDC’s Transport Strategy (we want people to be on bikes) and the need to retain diversity in our tourism industry.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
I’ve had a look at your website and at some of the you-tube videos…I was actually a bit blown away by how much you’ve achieved. The organisation looks to be very well run and your work obviously benefits both the riders and businesses in Queenstown. I also think it’s great that you cater for all levels of rider (and therefore more ratepayers). So I would support events funding and additional funding through the annual plan process subject to seeing the application and the benefits to the community.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
After watching the kids on You-tube I’m sold on renewing that licence; parked up buses do nothing to challenge or inspire our young people . That Park is obviously a labour of love and a huge attraction for visitors and locals alike so you’d have my vote on that one.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
Just well done for what you’ve managed to achieve – it’s pretty inspiring. I can’t wait to see my kids have a go on the Gorge Rd jumps one day!

Tony Hill

Tony Hill1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes. Definitely

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Yes. Definitely

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Yes, in principle.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes, in principle but would need to weigh this up against what other uses maybe proposed for this land by Council.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
As a keen road and MTB cyclist I am keen to support any bike riding initiative. I will respond to your questions below but need to let you know that my support to the club is in principle as I have do not have full access to Council documents at this time to categorically give support.

Merv Aoake

Merv AoakeWe’re still waiting to hear back from Merv. Hopefully we will have an update soon.

Valerie Judith Miller

Valerie Judith MillerWe’re still waiting to hear back from Valerie. Hopefully we will have an update soon.

Terri Anderson

Terri Anderson1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yup – with other trail users who may be affected involved to make sure everyone is happy and gets to enjoy our environment.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
There are great examples overseas of resorts who have turned their winter infrastructure to great summer use as well via mountain biking. I personally think any entrepreneurial diversification in sports that make good use of our infrastructure, gets people outdoors, and offers more accessible/low cost activities and inspiration for locals too is a good thing. But I haven’t looked at enough information about any negatives that would need to be mitigated – things like impact on environment, traffic, our usual issues – which mean that a good vision and planning should be part of getting there.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
I can’t honestly answer that without knowing what the plan for use would be and where the money would come from. I can agree that it seems like a good direction compared to some of the other things we spend money on 😉

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Definitely. You guys have done amazing things with the Jump Park and it would be a crying shame for that to go to waste.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
I prefer snowboarding 😀 But seriously, good on you for making things happen.

Penny Clark

Penny ClarkWe’re still waiting to hear back from Penny. Hopefully we will have an update soon.

Tamati Daniel Maruera

Tamati Daniel Maruera1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes, I believe QLDC should retain all current Parks areas and further develop more Parks areas within in our district.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Yes, we have the best riders in the world among our community,and it would be awesome to develop the young talent and inspire the youth and visitors to take up the sport.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Yes, if it assist with the attraction of visitors to Queenstown, but to what degree would have to be debated on.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes, I would like the QLDC to retain all current parks and develop more parks.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
I believe we have a real opportunity to develop and promote the Sport. As lined in my “Sports, Arts and Culture” policy I would like to bring more International sports events to Queenstown. We currently have a sports ground in the center of the city which is been under used. We need to use such spaces to the greatest advantage, I envision watching a National and International MTB event taking place on that pristine site (Rec Grounds) within the near future.I believe I have the best intentions for MTB sports at heart, with me on council I would certainly work hard (with your club) to achieve the goals you and I have for the MTB within our community.

All this is backed by my “Enviromental” and “Sports, Art and Culture” Policies and agendas clearly outlined on my facebook page and website.

If elected I will make myself available to attend meetings with your MTB club, as sports and enviroment is a huge passion of mine.

If you like, I would be more then happy to address you and the club with my intentions and vision for the QMTB at any time that suits you.

Michael Ramsay

Michael Ramsay1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Absolutely.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
If that’s what members want, I’m confident they will achieve that.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
There are many methods to ‘financial assistance’. My understanding is that QLDC already has dedicated funding for specific tourist events. Other ways QLDC can assist is with regulation, promotion, written support, and available land. The question of parking for buses or land for biking events is not something I have the power to decide upon. I’d like to think QLDC can achieve both objectives.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
I neither support, nor don’t support it. I don’t yet have the information to make an informed decision. I can say that I am in favour of practical outcomes, and I do believe that QLDC has a duty to facilitate community activities and work with those who endeavour to make them happen.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
Yes. Keep up the awesome work!

QLDC Candidate Questionnaire: Wanaka Ward

Voting papers are currently being sent out for the upcoming local body elections. We mountain bikers make up a significant block of eligible voters in the Queenstown Lakes District and it is important that we have a mayor and councillors who are supportive of mountain biking and the mountain bike club.

To help you decide who to vote for we sent a short questionnaire out to all the candidates. Here are the responses we got back from the candidates for the Wanaka ward. I don’t know how many of our members are based in Wanaka, but there is a lot of good info here for Wanaka ward voting bikers whether they are QMTBC members or not.

Wanaka Ward

Ross McRobie

Ross McRobie1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes I would subject to my comments about a business plan, good governance and financials

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Yes as this fits in with other trails goals as well

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Not sure about this at this stage… I would need to understand Councils priorities first

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes providing there have been no breaches of your lease etc.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
I am a trail rider rather than a mountain biker but do try and support all things biking…best wishes.

Jude Battson

Jude BattsonWe’re still waiting to hear back from Jude. Hopefully we will have an update soon.

Quentin Smith

Quentin Smith1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
I absolutely support the efforts of the QMTBC to further the network in conjunction with the Wakatipu Trails Trust, and the corresponding Upper Clutha Trails Trust and Bike Wanaka over the hill. Biking has become a key part of our recreation needs.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
I support the promotion of Queenstown and Wanaka as a destination for mountain biking and trail riding.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Yes, it is appropriate for the Council to help with funding of recreation groups like QTMBC, where there is a substantial benefit to the general public. But any funding should be proportion to rate payer distribution. Wanaka should receive similar funding proportional to rate payer population.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes, i support the renewal of the Gorge Road Licence, in the context of better long term strategic planning of recreation needs, to enhance security for such users groups.

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
Mountain Biking and other non traditional sports have evolved over the last decade or two to become a massive participation recreation in our district and throughout the world. The cross section of the community from young kids to active retirees from trail riding though to hard core free riding gives it reach to a large proportion of our community. The investment in QT biking has been well seen with it fast becoming a Southern Whistler. Funding and support of this growth should also be filtered through to Wanaka (proportional to population) with the priority for Wanaka being securing “Sticky Forest” as a scenic and recreation reserve to be the core of the Upper Clutha biking network.

Ella Lawton

Ella LawtonWe’re still waiting to hear back from Ella. Hopefully we will have an update soon.

Calum MacLeod

Calum MacLeod1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes I do however think that if we worked with other areas – Bike Wanaka, CODC with regard to their other options when we would truely be world class.

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Question should be “Should the Queenstown Lakes District strive …” The answer to this is of course yes. If we added Sticky Forest / Mt Iron etc to your trails then we could offer a multi day package. Think round the Lakes touring. Cardrona Valley. Mototapu etc. One of my favorite quotes is – “If you want to get there fast – go alone. If you want to get there strong – go together!”.

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Yes but we do not have deep pockets and there are always other demands on public funding. Some worthy causes who missed out this year – Queenstown Air Ambulance, St John, etc. I get that this will be self funding eventually we just need to walk a balanced line.

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes – given the information I have to hand at the moment. Certainly over bus parking!

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
Yes – Keep up the good work!

QLDC Candidate Questionnaire: Arrowtown Ward

Voting papers are currently being sent out for the upcoming local body elections. We mountain bikers make up a significant block of eligible voters in the Queenstown Lakes District and it is important that we have a mayor and councillors who are supportive of mountain biking and the mountain bike club.

To help you decide who to vote for we sent a short questionnaire out to all the candidates. Scott Stevens is running unopposed in the Arrowtown ward, but he’s responded to our survey anway, so please take the time to read what he said.

Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens1: Do you support the QMTBC’s goal of further developing the local mountain bike trail network?
Yes

2: Should Queenstown strive to be the premier mountain bike destination in New Zealand?
Absolutely

3: Are you in favour of the QLDC offering financial assistance to the QTMBC?
Let’s see the application

4: Do you support the renewal of the QMTBC’s license area on Gorge Road?
Yes

5: Do you have any other comments you would like to add?
You guys and girls do a fantastic job and have really added to the value of the Queenstown Lakes District.