Future of Stanley Street Queenstown Arts Centre Building

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From 26 April, we’ll start a formal consultation process on the future status of the Stanley Street Queenstown Arts Centre Building.

The proposal we're inviting submissions on is to remove the building from the Council’s Schedule of Assets which forms part of the QLDC Significance and Engagement Policy 2021. This would allow the building to be repurposed, taking a further step towards supporting the longer-term use of the land for Project Manawa.

This wider site on Stanley / Ballarat Street has long been a topic of conversation in our community. In 2017 it was identified in the Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan as the preferred location of a community heart with new Council offices and a variety of cultural facilities to benefit the whole district.

Following that, in June 2019, Councillors approved a proposal to enter into a Partnering Agreement with Ngāi Tahu Property to agree a development plan for the Stanley Street site.

During 2020-21 the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, with Council’s assistance, secured a lease of premises in Frankton to develop a community arts and culture hub (with a ten-year horizon). Known as Te Atamira, the facilities will provide a significantly improved space for a wide range of groups, including the existing tenants of the Queenstown Arts Centre and Queenstown Performing Arts Trust buildings, whose leases end in mid-to-late May 2022. The Te Atamira facility will be hosting its first exhibition in May 2022.

There are lots of links on the right hand side of this page if you are interested in reading more background and history to this process.


Get informed

You can read the full statement of proposal online below:

>> Statement of Proposal - Future Status of the Stanley Street Arts Centre Building

>> Schedule of Assets - Significance and Engagement Policy 2021

Or view a hard copy in the following locations:

  • Council offices at 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown and 47 Ardmore Street, Wānaka
  • Any public library within the Queenstown Lakes District


Make a submission

We encourage any person or organisation with an interest in this proposal to make a submission.

The preferred way to make a submission is to complete the online form below.

If you prefer, you may also:

  1. Post your submission to: Property Department, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348. Freepost 191078.
  2. Email your submission to letstalk@qldc.govt.nz Please include the subject line 'Stanley Street Submission'.
  3. Make sure you let us know whether you wish to speak at the submissions hearing.

Submissions open on Tuesday 26 April and must be received by Sunday 29 May 2022.


Next steps

We'll convene a hearing, at which any party who wishes to do so can present their submission in person. The hearings panel will make a recommendation for consideration by the Full Council in August 2022.

From 26 April, we’ll start a formal consultation process on the future status of the Stanley Street Queenstown Arts Centre Building.

The proposal we're inviting submissions on is to remove the building from the Council’s Schedule of Assets which forms part of the QLDC Significance and Engagement Policy 2021. This would allow the building to be repurposed, taking a further step towards supporting the longer-term use of the land for Project Manawa.

This wider site on Stanley / Ballarat Street has long been a topic of conversation in our community. In 2017 it was identified in the Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan as the preferred location of a community heart with new Council offices and a variety of cultural facilities to benefit the whole district.

Following that, in June 2019, Councillors approved a proposal to enter into a Partnering Agreement with Ngāi Tahu Property to agree a development plan for the Stanley Street site.

During 2020-21 the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, with Council’s assistance, secured a lease of premises in Frankton to develop a community arts and culture hub (with a ten-year horizon). Known as Te Atamira, the facilities will provide a significantly improved space for a wide range of groups, including the existing tenants of the Queenstown Arts Centre and Queenstown Performing Arts Trust buildings, whose leases end in mid-to-late May 2022. The Te Atamira facility will be hosting its first exhibition in May 2022.

There are lots of links on the right hand side of this page if you are interested in reading more background and history to this process.


Get informed

You can read the full statement of proposal online below:

>> Statement of Proposal - Future Status of the Stanley Street Arts Centre Building

>> Schedule of Assets - Significance and Engagement Policy 2021

Or view a hard copy in the following locations:

  • Council offices at 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown and 47 Ardmore Street, Wānaka
  • Any public library within the Queenstown Lakes District


Make a submission

We encourage any person or organisation with an interest in this proposal to make a submission.

The preferred way to make a submission is to complete the online form below.

If you prefer, you may also:

  1. Post your submission to: Property Department, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348. Freepost 191078.
  2. Email your submission to letstalk@qldc.govt.nz Please include the subject line 'Stanley Street Submission'.
  3. Make sure you let us know whether you wish to speak at the submissions hearing.

Submissions open on Tuesday 26 April and must be received by Sunday 29 May 2022.


Next steps

We'll convene a hearing, at which any party who wishes to do so can present their submission in person. The hearings panel will make a recommendation for consideration by the Full Council in August 2022.

  • Use this form to make a submission on the future of the Stanley Street Queenstown Arts Centre Building.  

    Submissions close on 29 May 2022.    

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Page last updated: 26 Apr 2022, 07:00 AM