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Since 2011 we have engaged with our community on a diverse range of topics that were identified as important to you.  Over 2000 community members have spent over 4000 volunteer hours at forums, on taskforces or as members of our Steering Group. 

Following our process of public forum, volunteer taskforce, strategy report, public forum and presentation of recommendations we have engaged with and discussed the areas of Events (2011 and 2016), Energy, Economic Futures (2012 and 2015), Innovation, Upper Clutha Conservation, Visitor and Tourism, Transport and worked with the Glenorchy and Arrowtown communities to create long term visioning. 

Have an idea for a forum?  Please get in touch with us, we are community driven and welcome feedback and ideas. 

For more information including final reports, minutes and updates please choose the forum you are interested in below.  Remember to join Shaping our Future if you want to keep up to date with latest developments!






Queenstown Transport Final Report 2016

Queenstown Transport Final Report 2016

19 Apr 2017

Anita Golden

The Queenstown Transport Report is now finalised.  Over the coming weeks we will be meeting with the key stakeholders to present and start actioning the recommendations. 

Read the Final Report

Upper Clutha Transport Draft Report March 2017

Upper Clutha Transport Draft Report March 2017

19 Apr 2017

Anita Golden

Upper Clutha Transport Report Forum 2017

We invite you to join us to provide feedback on the Shaping our Future Upper Clutha Transport Draft Report.

The purpose of our second forum is to get community buy in/consensus on the proposed vision and recommendations. We encourage you to read the full report (Executive Summary and Recommendations included below) prior to attending the forum.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to any of your contacts.

Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Date: Thursday 4th May, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
RSVP: Anita Golden at [email protected] or phone 021 222 1231

If you are not able to attend but would like to provide feedback please fill in our short survey available here.

Executive Summary and Key Recommendations

The Upper Clutha Transport taskforce have worked through the information gathered at public forum, held discussions with local experts and considered the Queenstown Transport report. This report outlines the long term vision and recommendations towards achieving the vision.

The Upper Clutha is experiencing a period of growth in population, visitor numbers and development. By being proactive now to plan for our future we can ensure infrastructure needs keeps up with growth. Current projections for the Upper Clutha are:

  • Resident population numbers are expected to double from 10,340 in 2015 to 22,509 in 2048.
  • Visitor numbers are expected to double from an average per day of 6,399 in 2015 to 13,391 in 2048.
  • In recent years there has been an increase in new large scale development (eg Three Parks and Northlake).
  • The resident and visitor population are highly reliant on private vehicles for work and recreation.
  • The Upper Clutha is spread over a wide geographical area making the viability of public transport an issue into the future connecting within the area and also to surrounding areas eg Cromwell, Queenstown.

Vision 2050 and beyond

Overall Vision and Land Transport:

“The Queenstown Lakes District has a functional, innovative, integrated, multi-modal and sustainable transport system that supports a thriving, healthy community and enhances the visitor experience.

Implementing this vision, the Upper Clutha will be open to change and new technologies, giving priority to initiatives that enhance connectivity and the character of the area."

Air Transport sub vision:

“Wanaka airport is a destination for high yielding innovative businesses creating a sustainable aviation hub for the region”

Water Use – Recreational and Commercial sub vision:

“To ensure the best possible user/visitor lake/waterway experience whilst preserving the natural beauty, water quality and environmental integrity of our most valuable asset.”

Summary of Recommendations

The following is a summary of the key recommendations proposed as steps towards achieving the vision. Further detail and information on each of the recommendations is available within the full report.

  1. Support for a single Transport Entity (QLDC, ORC and NZTA) as proposed by the Queenstown Transport Report 2016.
  2. That the Transport Entity consider the recommendations in the Queenstown Transport Report relating to Strategic Integrated Planning, Research and Analysis, Public Transport and Parking, Cycling/ Walking (including other active transport modes), Community Culture and Funding be applied district-wide. The full recommendations are available in appendix 8.
  3. Proposed short – medium term recommendations for land transport in the Upper Clutha:
    Integrated Strategic Planning - main arterial routes, future transport needs, maintenance/upgrade planning for current network, Wanaka lakefront and CBD.
    Public Transport - Future provision for transport hubs
    Walking/Cycling “active transport modes”- Safe and attractive tracks, including commuter trails, with infrastructure that is fit for purpose connecting our communities residential, recreational, retail and business areas. .
    Community Culture – co-ordination promotion and information available to the residents and visitors to the Upper Clutha. Long term behavioural change.
    Parking – long term parking strategy for the CBD, lakefront, retail and business centres.
  4. Develop Wanaka Airport into a ‘centre for aviation excellence’ which contributes positively to the Upper Clutha economy.
  5. Shaping our Future facilitate the first meeting to establish a ‘Lake Management Group’ with representation from all lake and waterway users.
  6. That a portfolio for Transport Planning and Implementation within QLDC be assigned to an appropriate Wanaka representative.
  7. QLDC provides resource to continue a long term future thinking process for the Upper Clutha Community that identifies their values and characteristics overall and creates a long term vision for the area (eg Wanaka 2020). This transport report is integrated into the process. Futhermore a futures group aligns its action plan around Council’s polices, strategies and community consultation processes so it has input into decision making processes.

Read the Full Upper Clutha Transport Report

Upper Clutha Transport Report - Appendices

Economic Futures 2014

Economic Futures 2014

13 Oct 2016

Anita Golden

Following the work done by the Shaping Our Future forum, and in consultation with stakeholders, the Council commissioned a Draft Economic Strategy. The intention was to identify possible ways to help grow, strengthen and diversify the local economy, providing benefits for all our small communities as well as the district as a whole.

In 2014 the Queenstown Lakes District released a draft Economic Development Strategy document.   Shaping our Future held a forum in Queenstown and Wanaka and submitted the community views on the report.

Queenstown Submission

Wanaka Submission

Economic Futures 2011

Economic Futures 2011

13 Oct 2016

Anita Golden

In 2012 the Shaping our Future Economic Futures Report was finalised and presented to the Queenstown Lakes District Council.  The key recommendation was for funding to further investigate a model for an Economic Futures Agency (EFA).  This funding was forthcoming and in 2014 the Martin Jenkins Report was presented to the public for feedback. 


Events Forum 2016

Events Forum 2016

13 Oct 2016

Anita Golden

The events environment in the Queenstown Lakes District has evolved since the original report in 2012.  In 2016 we once again looked to the future for the industry.  The forum included short presentations from Shaping our Future and the QLDC Events Office.

We invited all those involved in organising, participating, hosting or funding events and community members with an interest in events to attend and share their views.  

Shaping our Future is in the process of forming a taskforce to once again look to the future of Events.






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Shaping our Future was formed to put communities at the forefront of shaping tomorrows future today.  We invite you to support us in creating a better future for our children, grandchildren and beyond.  We look to the long term - where do we want to be in 30, 40, 50 years?  Our process is designed to put in place actions to achieving our vision.

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