Strong turnout for Queenstown referendum

Winter scene in the snow, Queenstown. New Zealand.

Voting is now officially closed on the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s non-binding visitor levy referendum.

As of midday on 5 June, approximately 38 percent of votes were already returned. This count does not include votes which were hand-delivered on the closing day, or special votes made at Council offices.

In context, the turnout for the referendum is considerably strong. Most non-binding referendums typically have a participation rate of 30 percent.

“I would like to personally thank everyone who has taken the time to engage with and participate in this process. The final count is still underway, and I am very much looking forward to seeing the result and sharing it with the community,” said Mayor Jim Boult.

When the final result is determined, Mayor Boult will formally present the outcome to the government and request a change in legislation.