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forum topics building the future of our district....

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!






Media Release:  Climate Challenge

Media Release: Climate Challenge

02 May 2019

Anita Golden



1 May 2019




Shaping our Future Climate Change Challenge Forum

Shaping Our Future is inviting the Queenstown Lakes District community to come together to confront the challenges presented by Climate Change.  Two evening forums, one in Queenstown on Monday, 6th May and the other in Wanaka on Tuesday, 7th May, will challenge the community to share their concerns, priorities, and ideas.


“We know climate change will impact us,” said AJ Mason from Shaping Our Future, “and we know we have opportunities to impact it.  What we need to know from our community is how important they think climate change is, what options and opportunities we have, and how we should prioritise.”


Both forums will also host the Otago Museum’s Far from Frozen exhibit, a travelling showcase for locals to discover the impact of climate change on us and our planet, including the role of the deep south and Antarctica. It includes interactive displays, demonstrations and virtual reality experiences that are all designed to communicate the science behind climate change.


The forum is independently facilitated in ‘world café’ small group discussion.  Shaping our Future uses a process of community forums and online input, volunteer taskforces and strategy reports.  The process is inclusive and designed to give the people of the Queenstown Lakes a collective voice in shaping the future.


Event Details:


Queenstown, Monday 6th May, 6pm at Wakatipu High School

Wanaka, Tuesday 7th May, 6pm at Lake Wanaka Centre

RSVP:  [email protected]





For more information, please contact:

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

Shaping our Future Board Member AJ Mason +64 27 4325560


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 thevision 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 taskforces 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 11 forum topics.  To view the 2018 Shaping our Future Annual Report and previous forum or join us on Facebook


Shaping our Future Submissions

Shaping our Future Submissions

04 Jun 2018

Anita Golden

Your views have been submitted as part of the Shaping our Future submissions on:

QLDC 10 Year Plan 2018-28

ORC 10 Year Plan 2018 -28

ORC Biodiversity Strategy 2018

ORC Air Quality Strategy 2018


Water Forum Information

Water Forum Information

01 May 2018

Anita Golden

Over 200 of you shared your views at forum or online about freshwater in our District.  The raw data is now available for Queenstown and Wanaka.  We will form a volunteer taskforce over the next couple of weeks to further develop this information. 

What your views will inform!

04 Apr 2018

Anita Golden

The views we gather at public forum are used to inform a number of different key stakeholders, agencies (eg ORC, QLDC) and also other community groups and projects.

There are two additional key areas the result will inform for the Upper Clutha:

  • The Upper Clutha Lakes Trust and their Freshwater Improvement Fund project to create a Water management plan for the Upper Clutha
  • Simone Langhans SABER CULTURAL: SAfeguarding Biodiversity and Ecosystem seRvices by integrating CULTURAL values in freshwater management

Queenstown - we have an opportunity to leverage off the findings and work being done in the Upper Clutha - lets make the most of it!! 

Check our Popular News items for updates on our previous reports including Transport and Arrowtown Community Visioning

Upper Clutha Transport Report - update

Upper Clutha Transport Report - update

04 Apr 2018

Anita Golden

In March Stage 2 of the District Plan was released for public consultation.  This included Chapter 29 on Transport.  It is encouraging to see the goals and objectives of the chapter mirror the views that were expressed by our community within the Transport Reports (2017).   Shaping our Future submitted on the District Plan including:

Relief sought:
a. Amend the general framework in the objectives, policies and rules to the following effect:
a. Promoting and requiring integrated strategic planning between current and future transport needs and land use planning, and having a strong, robust plan for the future. This was the second recommendation of the Transport Report and has largely gone unheeded.
b. Requiring provision of improved, safe and separated commuter tracks (active modes) e.g. upgrade of Frankton to Queenstown trail to commuter status.
c. Promoting and requiring an innovative approach to transport – having a transport system that is flexible to future technology options and integrated into the strategic plan.

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The Queenstown Lakes District is a unique area facing unique challenges.  Many agencies and individuals are focused on the problems of today. Without knowing where we want to go, how can we move in the right direction? 

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.

If we don't, who will?


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