Lack of political strife when English visits skifield

23:54, Jul 25 2014
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VIEW FROM TOP: The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence, from left, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, Otago-Southland National Party candidate Todd Barclay, NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson and NZSki directors Graham Smolenski and Jacqui Davies disembark from the new Curvey Basin chairlift at The Remarkables.

A visit from Deputy Prime Minister Bill English to a Queenstown ski field is not likely to cause the same stir as Labour leader David Cunliffe's recent stopover.

English did not even don skis when he officially opened the new Curvey Basin chairlift at the Remarkables ski area in his capacity as Clutha-Southland MP yesterday.

In contrast, it was the time Cunliffe spent on skis that saw him come under fire from party members as he enjoyed a family holiday during the leadup to this year's September election.

English said NZSki and Trojan Holding's investment in the new chairlift was "significant" and brave and was helping the tourism industry succeed.

The new lift, which carries 2800 people an hour and takes just seven minutes to travel the 1.2 kilometre line, is part of a substantial $45 million investment at the ski area which also includes road realignment, sealing of the lower access road, trail developments, expansion of the snow-making system and extended car parking.

A new base building will also be delivered as part of the investment.

NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson thanked the NZSki shareholders for their foresight and leadership in committing to the investment, and the Leitner Poma and Lyttelton Engineering teams together with ski area manager Ross Lawrence and management at the Remarkables for making it happen.


The Southland Times