'Great recognition': Queenstown mayor proud to display vaccination award

Author
Devon Bolger, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 10 Dec 2021, 3:49PM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

'Great recognition': Queenstown mayor proud to display vaccination award

Author
Devon Bolger, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 10 Dec 2021, 3:49PM

Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says the resort is proud to have been the first place to reach 90 per cent full vaccination and have the Herald's Top Town award on display in the main council lobby. 

It was revealed in mid-November that Queenstown-Lakes had reached the milestone and won the race to be the most Covid-protected place in the country. 

A framed plaque was sent to Boult to mark the milestone. 

"It was a surprise, a big surprise. Great recognition and I take it as a pat on the back for the entire community for being so proactive in getting vaccinated." 

Boult said a number of people had mentioned the award to him as well as seeing the story in the Herald. 

"A lot of my Auckland friends have also commented on it so yes it definitely seems to be well known." 

 

The Top Towns award that was sent to Queenstown mayor Jim Boult. Photo / Supplied 

Last month, Boult said they had set a goal at the council to reach 95 per cent vaccination in the community by Christmas. Ministry of Health data shows they have surpassed that. 

"We have smashed the 95 per cent goal right out of the ballpark. 

"Our community realises we are going to be getting a lot of visitors here, from elsewhere around the country, and we want to be well protected." 

Boult said they're looking forward to lots of Aucklanders coming to visit this holiday season. 

"I can assure you they'll get a wonderful welcome in our part of the world."