Former Queenstown Lakes District Council Arrowtown councillor Scott Stevens and Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust executive officer Julie Scott at the Jopp St site, being called Tewa Banks, where 65 homes designed by JTB Architects will be built
The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust’s largest development to date, in Arrowtown, will be called Tewa Banks and designed by JTB Architects.


Housing trust executive officer Julie Scott says the 65-home mixed-tenure development’s been named after Jack Tewa, also known as Maori Jack, credited with first discovering gold in the Arrow River in 1862.

“And, of course, the ‘Banks’ component refers to the development’s location alongside the Arrow River.

“We think it’s important our development has a name that encapsulates this special area.”

In April, Queenstown’s council approved a 3.6-hectare site on Jopp St, near the Arrowtown Golf Club, to be assigned to the trust for the comprehensive housing development.

Scott says the “final step” in formalising the transfer’s progressing with the Government.

JTB Architects is reviewing the development master plan, and when that’s done it’ll present house concept designs to the trust.

“We’re really excited to have the JTB Architects team on board, as they have extensive experience in master-planning medium-density comprehensive developments.

“This will be our largest development to date and we are eager to ensure it is one the Arrowtown community can be proud of.”

JTB director Mike Dillon says the company’s “delighted” to be involved in the project.

“We recognise the benefits of quality design in achieving affordable, sustainable housing outcomes that will deliver benefits to communities throughout the lifetime of the property.”

The trust’s annual report says its waiting list now exceeded 600 households – up from 500 12 months ago – wanting to commit to the district but struggling with housing affordability and security of tenure.

In April, the Otago Daily Times reported the trust planned to construct five one-bedroom units Рat least three of which would be allocated for senior housing Р20 two-bedroom homes, 36 three-bedroom homes and four four-bedroom homes.