A boil water is in place for businesses and properties across Queenstown following a number of confirmed local cases of illness caused by the protozoa, cryptosporidium. This affects all properties serviced by the Council’s Queenstown supply including Frankton, Quail Rise and Tucker Beach Rd, Kelvin Heights and Hanley’s Farm. Read more here.

From Monday 18 September there will be no parking available directly outside the Gorge Road Council office due to construction activity associated with the Town Centre Arterial Road. Our Gorge Road Council office will be open as usual. But if you’d prefer, you can make use of our online services via our website or give us a call on 03 441 0499.

The state of local emergency in Queenstown, originally declared on Friday morning after a severe weather event, has been lifted. However, some restrictions will remain in place to protect public safety as the focus turns to recovery. Full information here.

Māori Community

Tākata Whenua

The Council enjoys maintaining an ongoing working relationship with tākata whenua, who have a traditional interest in the Queenstown Lakes District. 

This includes all nine Kāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu) from Arowhenua (Temuka) south to Murihiku (Southland). The relationship involves:

  • consultation on the ongoing development of the District Plan, including plan changes and the District Plan Review;
  • determining the interests and views of tākata whenua on resource consent applications;
  • taking active steps to promote and protect the interests, values, traditions and taoka or tākata whenua.

Local Māori History

Whakatipu, along with other areas in  inland Otago, was important to southern Māori as a source of items such as tuna (eels), manu (birds), ti kōuka (cabbage tree), mountain daisy (used for cloaks) and taramea (spaniard grass) from which a fragrant oil was extracted.

Important settlement sites were at Tāhuna (Queenstown), Te Kirikiri (Frankton) and at Puahuru (junction of Kawarau and Shotover rivers). Other settlements and camping sites in the Whakatipu area have been found at Tahuna (Glenorchy), Punatapu (Bob's Cove), Takerehaka (Kingston), Kawarau Gorge, Lake Hayes, Wāwāhi Waka (Pigeon Island) and Mavora Lakes. In the Upper Clutha, Take Kārara was a settlement at the southern end of Lake Wānaka, now part of the Wānaka township, and Manuhaea was a settlement and kāika mahika kai (food gathering place). 

The Whakatipu and Wānaka region was typical of the whole of the interior of Te Waipounamu. It had some permanent settlements but was largely a seasonal resource base for highly mobile communities.

Related links

  • Details of historic and current sites of importance to Māori can be found in the Ngāi Tahu Atlas: www.kahurumanu.co.nz/atlas
  • For information regarding marae within the Otago region or to contact local hapu and papatipu rūnaka, please visit the website of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu: www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz
  • The Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown is open every day between 8.30am and 5.00pm (except Christmas Day). The museum features some Māori artifacts as well as an impressive collection of local history: www.museumqueenstown.com
  • Visit the Statistics New Zealand website for a wide range of statistics about our Māori population: www.stats.govt.nz