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June, 2021

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will be asked to confirm
$5.4million in grant funding for the development of an arts and cultural
hub based in Frankton when it meets this Wednesday.
Council General Manager Community Services Thunes Cloete confirmed
that the proposed funding with the 2021-2031 Ten Year Plan was to
assist Council and Te Atamira Trust who are working together on the
The Three Lakes Cultural Trust has advocated to QLDC for an arts and
cultural hub to be established following a report commissioned by AEA
Consulting. In the last few years, there has been increasing pressure
with the current facilities not meeting the needs of community groups
in terms of space and availability, coupled with the proposed Project
Manawa in the Queenstown CBD that will require the temporary
relocation of groups that have been operating around the Stanley Street
site. The proposed facility is to be named Te Atamira - which in te reo
Mori references a performance stage or platform with a large space,
with space identified to be in the Remarkables Park Town Centre. This is
an opportunity to create a new shared place for arts and cultural groups
within a facility proposed to be leased for ten years, said Dr Cloete.
Chair of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, Carroll Joynes said: The
proposed facility provides a unique opportunity to ensure that the
physical infrastructure of the district is developed in a manner that
enables residents to have access to the highest calibre visual and
performing arts, as well as pathways to their own creative endeavours.
Despite the pandemic, the Whakatipu Basin has continued to expand
and strengthen its artistic and cultural community, and this new
proposed facility will help accelerate it to grow and flourish.
The proposed council funding to be considered at the June 30 council
meeting includes lease and operating costs for a ten-year period.
The funding remains subject to the successful negotiation of terms
between the council and the trust. Should the negotiations be
successful Te Atamira Trust has committed to fundraising nearly
$4million for the fit out and operations.
A site has been identified and, if the funding is approved, will be
operated by Te Atamira Trust.


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