Queenstown neighbours upset after 'ridiculous' waving from Mount Edward Winery workers

Mount Edward Winery general manager Duncan Forsyth, centre, hopes the neighbourly dispute will "die a natural death".
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Mount Edward Winery general manager Duncan Forsyth, centre, hopes the neighbourly dispute will "die a natural death".

Winery workers will no longer wave at their neighbours, after an old dispute flared up in Queenstown.

Mount Edward Winery general manager Duncan Forsyth said staff at the winery had been instructed not to wave at the couple next door.

The company would also monitor the level of music it played, he said.

Staff at Mount Edward Winery in Queenstown have been ordered not to wave at the couple next door.
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Staff at Mount Edward Winery in Queenstown have been ordered not to wave at the couple next door.

"We are endeavouring to be good neighbours... It's one of those neighbourly disputes that will hopefully die a natural death."

The decision follows a district licensing committee hearing in Queenstown on Thursday.

The Otago Daily Times reported that the winery's neighbours, Ana Bajurin and Earl Matheson, had objected to the license renewal because of  "loud, thumping music" coming from the winery.

Forsyth told the committee music was mostly played during the annual six-week harvest.

He said staff had been instructed to be nice and wave at the Mathesons, Mr Forsyth said, according to the ODT.

However, Bajurin said it was a form of harassment.

"Staff are now ...  waving in a ridiculous fashion while [we're] trying to go about our daily business."

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The ODT reported Judge Bill Unwin advised the couple the issue could not be dealt with by the committee and should be addressed under the Resource Management Act.

 - Stuff

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