An installation of 17 panels housed in the historic Arrowtown Police Camp Cottage on Butler’s Green recreate the story of Mahu Whenua’s history, conservation values, recreational opportunities and management challenges.
The QEII National Trust has worked with the Arrowtown Business and Promotion Association, Soho Property Ltd, Lakes District Museum and numerous other agencies, groups and individuals to create the new interpretation site for the Mahu Whenua Open Space covenants established in September 2015.
The covenants located on four high country stations – Coronet Peak, Glencoe, Mount Soho and Motatapu are subject to permanently renewable Crown Pastoral leases held by Soho Property Limited. The sole shareholder of Soho Property Limited is Switzerland based music producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange.
“The Mahu Whenua covenants make an outstanding contribution towards protecting one of New Zealand’s most iconic natural and cultural landscapes,” says QEII regional representative for Central Otago, Rob Wardle who officially launched the new installation, with Queenstown Lakes District Arrowtown councillor Heath Copland in November 2019.