More space will be made available at Remarkables Primary School as the population grows, the Ministry of Education says. Photo by ODT.
The Queenstown Lakes district's ranking as the
second-fastest-growing district in New Zealand ratifies the
population growth management already in play by the council,
the Ministry of Education and the Southern District Health
However, the new census data amplifies the Queenstown Lakes
Community Housing Trust's call for a robust housing plan with
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden said yesterday the
figures simply reinforced what the council already knew.
''Queenstown remains a highly desirable place to live and
visit, and therefore all of the council's planning must
factor in the impacts of high growth,'' Ms van Uden said.
''Some of these impacts are highly positive, such as greater
economic growth, an increased rating base which will help
minimise ratepayer costs, and increased property values for
''But against that are things such as increasing difficulty
for families wanting to buy their first home and greater
demands on our core infrastructure.''
Ms van Uden said the council would start to update its
long-term plan in 2014.
The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust champions the
need for a district housing plan to help prevent pressure on
housing from major future developments.
Chairman David Cole said short to medium-term growth
emphasised the need for a sound housing plan for the
district, similar to Auckland's in the past 12 months.
''We're in a more fortunate position here in Queenstown in
that we can work collectively - the housing trust, the
council and other developers and stakeholders - to make sure
we have a proper planned approach to accommodate housing
needs,'' Mr Cole said.
The proposed convention centre, new high school at
Remarkables Park, new primary school in Shotover Country and
commercial development at Five Mile would stimulate
population growth through construction phases, then the
operational phases, putting further pressure on housing
''We need to plan for that growth rather than simply react to
it after it's occurred.''
The trust has about 250 eligible residents on its waiting
list and an interest in about 70 residential dwellings around
the district, including 44 at the greenfield Shotover Country
It was behind construction of 27 homes in Lake Hayes Estate
and controversially plans a further 10 dwellings on Suffolk
St, Arrowtown, when the council transfers the land to the
Census data is part of the range of information the Ministry
of Education uses to monitor population growth and anticipate
demand for school places.
Deputy secretary Andrew Hampton said the ministry worked to
ensure all schools had the space to learn and succeed and a
lot of planning work had been done in the Queenstown Lakes
district, where the population had been growing for some
''We are planning to make more space available at Remarkables
Primary School and more classrooms are being constructed at
Arrowtown Primary School and Wanaka Primary School,'' Mr
''We have identified a site for the planned relocation of
Wakatipu High School and the minister recently announced the
establishment of a new primary school in the Shotover Country
New census figures would help the Southern District Health
Board plan for Queenstown and across the district, chief
executive Carole Heatly said.
The figures ''are part of an important story, the other
component of which is the health needs of those people'', Ms
''Current demand for health-care from Queenstown residents is
being taken into account in our planning process. We welcome
the early release of the census date to help inform this
Ms Heatley said census information was grouped by territorial
authority, ''which does not necessarily reflect the flow of
patients. People who live in Wanaka, for instance, may prefer
to access Dunstan Hospital.''
• In tomorrow's Otago Daily Times, we look at how other
southern districts are faring.