We invite you to join Shaping our Future in confronting the challenges Climate Change presents to our communities in the Queenstown Lakes District.

How will we be impacted by climate change, and what should we do in response to those impacts?

How can our community have impact on climate change - at individual, local, or (inter) national levels?

What are our options, and how do you think we should decide our priorities?


 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.


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






For more information, please contact:

Shaping our Future Executive Anita Golden +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


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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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