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The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust and Ngai
Tahu Tourism will discuss with the Queenstown Lakes District
Council the master plan for 4ha of prime strategic Queenstown
land worth more than $14 million.
The affordable housing champion and the tribal tourism giant
were confirmed by the council yesterday as its "preferred
participants" out of seven expressions of interests lodged
after the council publicly revisited the land at the top of
Man St, known as Lakeview, in August for the first time since
Council finance general manager and deputy chief executive
Stewart Burns said yesterday the two proposals came closest
to fulfilling the objectives for part of Lakeview.
"At this stage we can confirm that the trust is looking at
developing a portion of the site for community housing, while
for commercial reasons Ngai Tahu has asked that its proposal
- which would also take up only a portion of the site -
continues to be in confidence," Mr Burns said.
"We are still some way off entering into any kind of
agreement with either party."
While Ngai Tahu Tourism Southern regional general manager
David Kennedy, of Queenstown, declined to describe its
proposal yesterday, housing trust chairman David Cole, of
Queenstown, yesterday said details were yet to be fleshed
"The site is already residential. There have been cabins up
there for a long time and we think there's an opportunity to
smarten up a very attractive site in close proximity to the
town," Mr Cole said.
"We're responding to our survey we did this year that
identified the need for quality accommodation with long-term
secured tenure for people working in our town.
"This represents a good opportunity to cater for them."
Mr Cole said housing would not be the sole use of Lakeview.
He said he did not see competition evolving between the trust
and iwi subsidiary as the council was looking for a
Mr Burns said most of Lakeview would remain undeveloped at
the moment and would be reconsidered in the future when
market conditions were more favourable.
"Proceeding with discussions on the two proposals allows
council to sort out how it will finalise the structure plan
that makes cohesive use of the whole site," he said.