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Profile is finally needed for the house proposed by the billionaire


Profile posts were installed at the site of Peter Thiel’s future Lake Wanaka vacation home this week, after a complaint to the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Upper Clutha Environment Society Secretary Julian Haworth said he complained because, without the posts, the public could not complete site assessments and resource consent submissions before the deadline for October 14.

Council communications spokesperson Sam White confirmed that most of the poles were up on Wednesday.

Because the rain was washing away the wet paint, the rest came up on Friday.

The Upper Clutha Environmental Society opposes the resource consent request.

It was filed with the board in late August by Second Star Ltd, a company associated with the American tech businessman and his partner, Matt Danzeisen.

Second Star requested that the request be publicly notified.

The documents include plans for a low longhouse with a grass roof, blending into the landscape.

The designers are Kengo Kuma & Associates, who were the architects of the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Mr Haworth said the poles should have gone up straight after the consent request was filed.

When he visited the site near Damper Bay on Wednesday, he saw no posts in place.

“There were a half-dozen random posts around the site but I think they were from a previous app.”

Mr Haworth said the poles were meant to help the public get a sense of the environmental effects of a development.

“The buildings are a third of a kilometer long – 330m – and we need the poles to be able to appreciate it,” he said.

Mr Haworth said the council’s planning department told him the timing of the post placement was “because of the large numbers” requested by the council’s landscape architect.

He had been reassured the posts would be ready in time for a visit from the council hearing panel, but Mr Haworth said it wasn’t just the commissioners who needed to see the posts.

The landscape architect’s request for so many posts added weight to the argument that the development was large and complex and the public needed time to consider it, he said.


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