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Ambitious new strategy for the arts in Queenstown Lakes

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Maddy Harker

07 July 2024, 5:04 PM

Ambitious new strategy for the arts in Queenstown LakesA new strategy develops a district-wide approach to arts education, events, and more. PHOTO: Lake Wānaka Tourism

A new strategy for Queenstown Lakes sets up a shared vision for the future of creativity, culture and heritage in Queenstown Lakes.


Created over 17 months, the Creativity, Culture and Heritage Strategy identifies over 40 actions to be delivered over the next ten years, which form a roadmap to “realise the full potential of creativity, culture and heritage in the district”.



Actions in the newly adopted strategy include developing a district-wide approach to arts education and events for children and youth; facilitating an annual hui for heritage groups; and supporting further development of district-wide oral histories projects.


It also includes developing creative culture residences and exchange programmes; supporting more ‘home grown’ content in the film sector; and further showcasing the creative sector.



Three Lakes Cultural Trust (TLCT), Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and the Lakes District Museum unanimously endorsed the strategy at last month’s full council meeting.


“It’s great stuff,” councillor Cody Tucker said. “I get so excited I want to jump ten years.”


An image from the Wanaka Festival of Colour community street theatre day. PHOTO: Deanna Gerlach


Councillor Lisa Guy was equally enthusiastic.


“The bit that really excites me is I believe this district has huge potential for making New Zealand look good. Let’s be daring; let’s get on with it.”


Mayor Glyn Lewers said Wellington, which is widely seen as the ‘cultural capital’ of the country, would need to watch out “as number two’s coming after you”.



Elected members thanked TLCT and the Lakes District Museum, who led the strategy development along with QLDC.


The three organisations will provide leadership and advocacy with the implementation of the plan but “partnerships and collaborations will be critical to achieving the objectives,” according to the strategy implementation plan.


The strategy was informed by engagement with 150 organisations and many individuals representing different cross-sections of the community.


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Learn more about the Creativity, Culture and Heritage Strategy here.