Queenstown Lakes District Council mayor Jim Boult. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Relief at last for our region’s businesses

Last week was a momentous week for the district with the news of the border reopening.

Our communities and businesses have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and the Prime Minister’s announcement finally allows us to see light at the end of a long, dark and gloomy tunnel.

The decision comes on the back of some strong advocacy from our district.

Along with the council and sector agencies, our local chambers of commerce have worked tirelessly for our local operators.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Naomi Lindsay, general manager of Ignite Wanaka, for her commitment to the Upper Clutha business community as she prepares to move on to a new venture after eight years in the role.

Naomi has been a true champion for the Upper Clutha.

She has played a significant role in growing the chamber’s membership and in seeking out solutions and innovations for Wanaka business.

She’s been a driver in leadership initiatives, workforce strategies and in celebrating the achievements of business leaders and innovators.

Thank you Naomi.

We wish you all the very best for the future.

From moving on to welcoming home.

It was a great pleasure to welcome Adam Hall back to the district last week.

Adam and the other Upper Clutha-based athletes at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics so brilliantly displayed the talent and humility that’s bred in our little corner of New Zealand.

They say it takes a village, and this is particularly true of snow sports at this level.

To all who played a part in making these local young people into the champions they are, I say well done and congratulations.

Your efforts were well rewarded by Adam and all who represented us so admirably in Beijing.