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Project Manawa

'Manawa' is te reo Māori for 'heart'. It's QLDC's vision that there is a cultural and civic heart for the wider district located in central Tāhuna Queenstown. Located on Stanley Street in the Queenstown CBD, the goals of Project Manawa are to deliver a range of cultural and community facilities such as a community and arts spaces, a new dedicated library, a performance and visual arts centre, a town square, and commercial buildings, as well as the Council's new administration building.

Partnership with Kāi Tahu

In June 2019, the Councillors approved a proposal to enter into a Partnering Agreement with Ngāi Tahu Property. The aim of this partnership is to agree a development plan for the Stanley Street site to deliver an integrated development of community assets and commercial buildings - what we now know as Manawa. This agreement enables us to work together and develop the site to the benefit of the district's communities and further enhance the district's position as Aotearoa New Zealand's premier domestic and international visitor destination. 

Partnership Purpose | Hoaketanga

To act together, mā te mahi ngātahi, and establish a thriving community heart precinct,
whakapuāwai hapori kāenga, on the Stanley Street site in central Queenstown, Tāhuna


The partnership is currently working through concepts and the foundations of a successful development and will be engaging with the community once draft Foundation Documents have been presented to Council and endorses for consultation. This will include a proposed site development plan and seek to understand what community and cultural facilities you would value being delivered as part of the Manawa project and how well the proposal meets those needs. 

It is currently expected that these draft documents will be presented to the meeting of Full Council on 17 March 2022.  

Project Connect - a combined office

Project Connect is the name for the planned single office space for Queenstown-Wakatipu which will enable all Queenstown-based staff to be housed under one roof rather than the four town centre locations. Project Connect will form part of the Project Manawa development and will:

  • streamline services for the community;
  • improve efficiencies between QLDC departments who are currently based across Queenstown;
  • align with QLDC's aim to ensure the town centre remains vibrant and authentic; 
  • keep local people in the town centre by maintaining the presence of civic and community buildings;
  • indirectly support a range of other centrally-operated businesses and professionals. 

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