Loss of heritage huts

Heritage hut

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) is investigating the unintended removal of two pre-1900 huts from the wider airport precinct.

Heritage NZ was notified on Wednesday 17 October after QAC learned of the removal of the heritage-listed structures.  QAC has also advised the Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Wakatipu Heritage Trust.

The incident occurred when a contractor, who QAC had engaged to clear up a site on the airport precinct, removed and disposed of the structures.

Queenstown Airport’s General Manager of Property and Planning, Rachel Tregidga, said the airport deeply regretted the loss of the two heritage-listed structures.

“While there were works happening in the vicinity of these former farm buildings, there was absolutely no intention on the airport’s behalf to have the huts removed. 

“We would like to sincerely apologise to both our local community and the heritage organisations and assure them that we are taking this matter very seriously. We are fully investigating the processes that led to this unintended loss of local heritage to ensure that other heritage buildings, both now and in the future, are appropriately protected.

“We will report back to the appropriate authorities and community once the investigation is complete.”