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Trust announces architects for Tewa Banks project in Arrowtown

Trust announces architects for Tewa Banks project in Arrowtown

October 17, 2019. For immediate release 

The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust has today announced they have engaged JTB Architects for its affordable housing project on council-owned land in Arrowtown.  

The mixed-tenure development – the Trust’s largest to date on a 3.6ha site in Jopp Street – will also be named Tewa Banks in a nod to Arrowtown’s goldmining past. 

JTB Architects are award-winning NZIA registered architects, with studios nationwide, including a presence in the Queenstown Lakes District. JTB Architects is currently reviewing the existing development masterplan and will subsequently present house concept designs to the Trust. 

Trust executive officer Julie Scott says: We’re really excited to have the JTB Architects team on board, as they have extensive experience in masterplanning medium density comprehensive developments. This will be our largest development project to date and we are eager to ensure it is one the Arrowtown community can be proud of.” 

JTB Architects director Mike Dillon adds: “We’re delighted to be involved with the project. Our team has a real passion for designing and delivering affordable housing. 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 name Tewa Banks was named after Jack Tewa (known as “Maori Jack”), who is 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,” Scott explains. “We think it’s important our development has a name that encapulates this special area. 

In April this year the Queenstown Lakes District Council approved a 3.6ha site on Jopp Street to be assigned to the Trust to build 65 homes for a mixed tenure development. The final step in formalising the transfer is currently in progress with the Government. 



Former QLDC Councillor Scott Stevens and QLCHT Executive Officer Julie Scott at the Jopp St site where 65 new community homes are to be built, earlier this year. 

For further information, please contact:  

QLCHT Executive Officer Julie Scott – (03) 450 1702 or 027 645 2447 

About the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust
QLCHT is a not-for-profit social enterprise created to manage and deliver affordable housing solutions to those vital to the community who cannot afford it. Initiated by Queenstown Lakes District Council in 2007, which recognised the affordability issue and acted upon it, the Trust is now an independent entity operating throughout the Queenstown Lakes District. As a not-for-profit, community-owned organisation, QLCHT has six Trustees. These Board members also act as directors for the Trust’s wholly owned subsidiaries, which include asset-holding, development construction and mortgage lending entities. 

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.