Queenstown cabin dwellers: What about us?’

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Cabin dwellers at a preferred site for a proposed Queenstown convention centre are urging council to put people before profits. 

Lakeview tenants outlined their fears and need for affordable housing at Tuesday’s public hearing on convention centre feedback.

More than 100 people live in the low-rent cabins on the site. 

Musician Peti Seiuli and Gladys Manuel, both residents, told councillors there needs to be more communication about when they could be forced out. 

Seiuli, calling for council to put “people before profits”, adds: “People living in these cabins don’t have much money, they’re minimum wage workers. We really do need affordable housing. 

“Otherwise you have to live in something that resembles a backpackers’, where there’s 15 people put into a big house.

“I’ve lived that before – it’s not easy,” Seiuli says. 

Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Adam Feeley says among matters council will try to address are the status of the cabins.

A scheduled D-day meeting of full council on the convention centre has been put back a week to Tuesday, September 17.