A Community Hub for Queenstown

The Whakatipu Community Hub Charitable Trust has been set up to create a bespoke co-working environment where local charity, social and community groups can work together.


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The Trust

The Whakatipu Community Hub Charitable Trust was established in 2019 to create a bespoke co-working environment where local charity, social and community groups can work together.

​It is envisaged occupants/tennants will share offices and administration resources,  and the concept is based on other successful ventures in New Zealand, such as the Kollective in Tauranga and the Loft in Christchurch.

Tenants  will be from the Whakatipu social and community sectors and it is anticipated that construction is hoped to start in 2024.  

The Trustees that make up the board are an active committee and been working hard over the last few years behind the scenes to progress the concept into a reality.

They each bring good governance and a huge variety of professional skill sets to the table. Each Trustee understands the need for a community hub facility in the local area and passionate to achieve that vision.

Progress Update

Securing land

Finally in early 2023 the Trust successfully secured a lease from QLDC for land in Frankton.

The site is in the heart of the Frankton Flats (5 Mile) with ample public transport, parking and surrounding complimentary facilities.

Stakeholder  engagement is currently being undertaken to ensure concept, design and the vision involve all parties crucial to the success of the project.

We have preliminary designs and the next stage is to get the engineers reports (geotech, aucoustic etc) and then get the plans approved at QLDC planning

Read more about our path to making this a reality  


Our People

Image John MacDonald

John MacDonald

Founder and Trustee

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Hamish Wilton

Chair and Trustee

News and Updates

Architects Designs

Architects Designs

After two stakeholder engagement sessions in April and May 2023, the results and conceptual designs were revealed to those involved on 2nd Nov 2023.

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Lease Approved

Lease Approved

Whakatipu Trust Chair John MacDonald said the Trust was delighted to have secured the lease of this land after several years of searching.

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Proudly Supported By 

Dick and Diana Hubbard

Patrons Dick & Diana have supported the Hub right from the start


A small grant allowed the Trust to get started 

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