Pools plan still bub­bling along

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By JOHN EDENS

Ngai Tahu and the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil con­tinue to thrash out ideas for a pro­posed hot pool com­plex at the site ear­marked for a con­ven­tion cen­tre – but the par­ties won’t say much more.

Last year, a $25 mil­lion pool com­plex was an­nounced as a pos­si­ble ten­ant for the Lake­view site, and ne­go­ti­a­tions opened be­tween Ngai Tahu Tourism and the coun­cil over leas­ing land near Man St.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Fee­ley said ne­go­ti­a­tions con­tin­ued with Ngai Tahu Tourism re­gard­ing com­mer­cial rates, leas­ing ar­range­ments and the type of com­plex to fit in with a con­ven­tion cen­tre precinct.

‘‘I would be dis­ap­pointed if we didn’t get it over the line with them,’’ he said.

Ngai Tahu Tourism south­ern re­gional tourism man­ager David Kennedy said there was not much to add as ne­go­ti­a­tions con­tin­ued.

‘‘[As] Adam says, we are hope­ful we can reach an agree­ment. Once this part is done, we can get to the next stage of de­sign.’’

Mean­while, the coun­cil has agreed to con­sult the pub­lic on a pro­posal to re­zone cen­tral Queen­stown for low to medi­um­rise build­ings and the au­thor­ity is wait­ing to hear de­tails of a po­ten­tial Gov­ern­ment con­tri­bu­tion to a con­ven­tion cen­tre in ad­di­tion to a pro­posed coun­cil con­tri­bu­tion of $32.5m.

The pro­posed town cen­tre zone could in­clude the con­ven­tion cen­tre, build­ings up to seven storeys and an av­er­age de­vel­op­ment height of about 12 me­tres, or three storeys.

The iwi’s tourism arm, last year, said the com­plex could in­clude 12 pub­lic pools, pri­vate hot pools, a spa, a re­cep­tion build­ing and a cafe.

Ngai Tahu Tourism al­ready op­er­ate a hot pool com­plex at Franz Josef, the Glacier Hot Pools.

Com­plex: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed $25 mil­lion Ngai Tahu hot pool com­plex.

Fast Footy: The Wakatipu Un­der 10s rugby team in ac­tion against Kir­wee in the fi­nal of the New Zealand Ju­nior Rugby Fes­ti­val in Queen­stown dur­ing the week­end.

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