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Candidate brings a future focus to Queenstown Lakes District Council elections

Candidate brings a future focus to Queenstown Lakes District Council elections

Queenstown Lakes District Council election candidate Alexa Forbes
Queenstown’s high-profile Council restructure and the willingness of local people to work together to increase the district’s strength and viability makes it a great time to seek election, Queenstown candidate Alexa Forbes believes.

Forbes, a long-time Queenstown resident and businesswoman, is standing for the Queenstown Wakatipu Ward at this October’s local government elections. It’s the first time she’s decided to seek election for Queenstown Lakes District Council.

“For me, the time is now. The Council has made fundamental changes over the past 18 months and there’s now a real opportunity for fresh strategic thinking with a future focus,” she says.

Forbes is currently a Communications and Sustainability Advisor for the Centre of Sustainable Practice (a business unit of Otago Polytechnic), where she works with businesses, NGOs and within education to drive positive change towards a more sustainable future.

Before retraining for this role Forbes spent 16 years as co-director of the district’s first full-service PR company, Southern PR – working with nearly all of the major tourism companies in Queenstown. She is now a minority partner in newly-formed Southern Lakes PR company, Scope Media.

She has also worked as a local journalist and broadcaster, gaining a deep understanding of Council processes and a solid knowledge of the issues facing the district.

Having worked closely with key local industries and holding several local volunteer roles within the community since arriving in the resort in 1986, Forbes believes she has much to offer the Queenstown Lakes District as a Councillor.

“I’ve spent so much time close to so many sectors of this community that I feel able and willing to represent it at a governance level. I understand business and tourism concerns, the needs of sectors such as arts, youth and elderly people and of course of families.

“That said, I have some understanding of the legal and bureaucratic constricts of local government and have eyes wide open in terms of what is possible to achieve as a councillor. I am not expecting to change the world and don’t believe in magic wands – but I am passionate about our area and I sense people are more than ever, willing to get involved and work together to make a difference.”

Forbes’s current volunteer role is as House Committee chair for Abbeyfield Wakatipu where she provides management and governance services for the House, which is home to 11 elderly residents. Prior volunteering has included many years with both the Bruce Grant Youth Trust and Creative Queenstown. She is also involved in TEDxQueenstown, plays futsal and soccer, enjoys skiing, yoga, cooking and wine, and plays in the Queenstown Ukulele Orchestra.


Further information: or 021 296 4255

Personal information:

Born 1 December 1959. Partner of 20 years is Sean Drader. Son Solomon Drader is aged 15 and a student at Wakatipu High School. Resident of the Wakatipu Queenstown ward for more than 25 years.

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.