What We Do


The Three Lakes Cultural Trust has been established to support and encourage the arts and cultural life in the Lakes District in ways that will enrich the quality of life of residents and that contributes to the cultural, social and economic vitality and resilience of the District.
The reference to “Three Lakes” aspires to embrace the full geography of the District,

Our purpose is to enhance the lives of people in our district through fostering new arts and culture initiatives.

Our vision is to help create a vibrant, diverse and distinct arts and cultural district that enriches the lives of people within the Three Lakes Region, now and through time.


Curious • Innovative • Inclusive
Diverse • Enabling • Facilitating
Trustworthy • Transparent
Accountable • Ethical • Honourable


  • Produce a long-term cultural plan for the entire Lakes District that identifies key cultural programmes and needed infrastructure.
  • Raise and distribute funds in accord with an agreed set of priorities for cultural programmes and infrastructure.
  • Enhance community and social well-being in the district.
  • Increase economic diversity by promoting and encouraging the growth of the creative industries.
  • Facilitate partnerships between key stakeholders for the development, funding and delivery of key programmes and infrastructure.
  • Advocacy role for the trust-this includes engagement in formal QLDC planning processes.

By achieving its objectives, the Trust expects it’s activities to increase social wellbeing by:

  • Increasing the vitality & distinctiveness of civic spaces by animating them with public arts & arts programming.
  • Increasing civic pride and social cohesion, and attraction to visitors, through telling the story of the Three Lakes.
  • District more fully and effectively, and by expressing its distinct identity more proactively.
  • Offering amenity value to residents by providing the infrastructure and support to encourage a wider and deeper range of cultural activities – both amateur and professional and by ensuring that geographic and social equity plays a part in access to artistic activities.

Addressing gaps in cultural provision, including but not limited to the following:

  • The public appreciation of tangible and intangible Māori cultural heritage in general and contemporary Ngāi Tahu culture in particular.
  • Performance spaces suitable for dance, unamplified music and drama.
  • Non profit gallery space.
  • Rehearsal spaces, studio and live/work spaces.
  • Maker spaces (work spaces for artists, artisans and designers).
  • Access to equipment such as 3D printing.
  • Introducing internship programmes addressing  gaps in art and culture delivery.

What's Happening.

An Action Plan for the Arts

An Action Plan for the Arts

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