Shaping our Future Appoints 4 new Board Members

22 December 2017


 13 December 2017


 Shaping our Future Inc appoints four new board members at AGM

 Shaping our Future appointed four new members to their board for 2017/18 at their AGM on 6th December.  Barry Bruce (Wanaka), Julie Perry (Wanaka), Matthew Day (Queenstown) and Michael Sly (Queenstown) join the board of 10 members.  AJ Mason and Esther Whitehead were re-elected joining incumbents Alastair Porter, Kathy Dedo, Guy Hughes and Reece Gibson.      

 Outgoing Chair Mark Edghill provided an update on Shaping our Future for 2017 including the completion of four reports – Queenstown and Upper Clutha Transport, Glenorchy and Arrowtown Community Reports. 

 “We have focused on making sure the reports, prepared by our community members, are being followed through and presented to the right stakeholders.   It is encouraging to see the alignment between the Queenstown Transport Report and the recently released Queenstown Integrated Transport Strategy and acknowledgement from Queenstown Airport of the vision for Wanaka Airport.   

 We have also updated our strategic plan and held our first ‘informed community’ event with Steven Burgess visiting Queenstown in September 2017.” he said

 “We increased our engagement with local agencies, representing the views of the community at a number of stakeholder consultations for both Otago Regional Council and QLDC and holding workshops with the Wanaka Community Board and QLDC councilors and leadership team on the reports released this year.”

 Mark congratulated the new board members and thanked outgoing members for their contribution.  He reserved special thanks for the taskforce Chairs and members that have volunteered their time and expertise on behalf of the community.

 To view the 2017 Shaping our Future Annual Report  and forum reports please visit



 For more information, please contact:

Shaping Our Future Chair Alastair Porter [email protected] +64 2199588

Shaping our Future Executive Anita Golden [email protected] +64 21 2221231


About Shaping Our Future Incorporated

A process designed to use collective community expertise to build consensus and create a great future for our district. Shaping Our Future was instigated in December 2010 and was incorporated as a charitable society in January 2013. In 2012 following a district wide visioning process, it established a draft vision incorporating a series of priorities.  Its forums and taskforces are directed to work towards the vision and connect with the priorities. The process of any given forum on any given subject begins with public forums and online discussions which progress to establishing volunteer task forces to work through issues and provide recommendations.   Recommendations are finally presented to local and national agencies as required. Since 2011 Shaping our Future has completed 10 forum topics.  For more information, please visit or join us on Facebook

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