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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!






Annual General Meeting 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019

31 Oct 2019

Anita Golden

Notice of Shaping our Future Inc Annual General Meeting 2019

We invite you to join us for our Annual General Meeting. Shaping our Future will report on progress in 2019 including updates on freshwater, climate challenge and transport in the district. 


Date:  Thursday 28 November 2019 at 4.30pm
Venue:  Lake Wanaka Centre
RSVP: or phone Anita on 021 222 1231



Nominations for Board Members:


The Shaping Our Future Board is responsible for administering and managing the Society and ensuring its purposes are carried out according to its rules. (Refer Society rules).  The Board consists of three Officers (Chair/President, Secretary, Treasurer) and a minimum of three Members in addition to the Officers. 
Nominees and Nominator must be members of Shaping Our Future Inc.

Download the nomination form

Note:  Only full registered members of Shaping our Future Inc are eligible to vote at the AGM for Board Members. Individual membership is free! Join Now

If you would like to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Board, time commitment etc please get in touch with Anita on 021 222 1231.
Press Release:  Upper Clutha Freshwater

Press Release: Upper Clutha Freshwater

05 Sep 2019

Anita Golden

Press Release from Shaping our Future Inc

Community driven freshwater outcomes to be discussed at forum - 9-09-2019

The second forum is an opportunity to provide feedback on the vision and recommendations.  Feedback is also sought on the community’s views on ‘user pays’ or water metering and priorities for research.  

Read the Full Press Release

Water Forum Update

26 Aug 2019

Anita Golden

Update:  March 2019

E.coli outbreaks, lake snow, algae blooms, flooding, pollution, water restrictions and the quality of our drinking water  - 2018 was a summer of water concerns in our district.   This continues in 2019 with E.coli report twice in Queenstown Bay by January. 

Shaping our Future has two teams of dedicated volunteers working in Queenstown and the Upper Clutha understanding, expanding and drafting a community driven freshwater report, based on the information we gathered from over 200 of you at our freshwater forum in 2018.

Its a complex task, there are a large number of different elements impacting our our waterways.  What is clear and coming through is that our freshwater is important to our community and we need to understand what is happening, where, the impacts and the need for a co-ordinated, comprehensive plan with bold strategic leadership to ensure our water is available, safe and healthy for future generations. 

Now is the time to pull together as a community and direct the future of freshwater for our district.

Climate Challenge Forum 2019

06 Aug 2019

Anita Golden


 Wakatipu High School, 6th May 2019, 6pm - 9pm


 Lake Wanaka Centre, 7th May 2019, 6pm - 9pm


RSVP:  Here

Email: or phone 021 222 1231


Our understanding of the impacts of climate change within the Queenstown Lakes continues to grow - whether thinking of changes to winter snow; of more extreme and frequent flooding events on the one hand, or of longer dry spells or even droughts on the other; threats to water quality and catchments; vulnerability to slips and soil erosion; changes to food production; transport; construction; energy systems; and a myriad of potential ecosystem impacts.

(You can read more about the expected impact on our region here.) 


How should we respond to this increased understanding, and where do you think our priorities and options are in preparing for and safeguarding against these changes?
Our children, grandchildren and beyond will be impacted on by the decisions we make now.Camille Khouri is a local mum and writer read her blog post about parenting through climate change here.
Similarly, our understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change globally also continues to grow.  What should we do prepare for and respond to those global consequences; and how can we best contribute to counteracting the causes? 
We are a unique region with many unique communities - perhaps we have equally unique opportunities for impact and consequences to cope with?  Join us, help us, as we work through our best options for coping with the impacts climate change will have upon us, and our best options to have greatest impact upon it.
Draft Frankton Masterplan Update

Draft Frankton Masterplan Update

09 Jul 2019

Anita Golden

Keen to hear more about the draft Masterplan for Te Kirikiri / Frankton?


The “Wakatipu Way to Go” group are teaming up with Shaping Our Future and Frankton Community Association to co-host an event from 6.00pm-7.00pm on Wednesday 17 July at the Queenstown Event Centre.


Come along to hear about progress on the plan so far from the project team and how the ideas proposed could change the way you live, work and play in Frankton by 2048.


If you are able to join us please register your interest through Shaping our Future here or on the Facebook event.


If you are unable to make the event, you’ll be able to provide feedback from 27 June-26 July 2019 at You’ll find all details along with a short survey asking what you think we’ve got it right or if there is anything missing.


Let us know your views on this aspirational plan to transform Te Kirikiri / Frankton. Help us create a legacy to leave for future generations that reflects the community’s needs and vision.


The Wakatipu Way to Go group is a formal collaborative partnership of Queenstown Lakes District Council, the New Zealand Transport Agency and Otago Regional Council. It recognises that all three agencies have an important role in driving change and that by working together and integrating projects the best possible outcomes can be reached.


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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.

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