the future of conservation in the upper clutha

Community Priorities: Preserve and enhance the environment, Engagement in Governance Connectivity, Community Development

The Upper Clutha Conservation taskforce was established following public forum in May 2014.  Over 60 individuals from more than 20 organisations or community groups attended the original forum.  The forum identified four key areas - Air, Water, Biodiversity and Environment.  The final report was completed in September 2015 following a 2nd public forum. 





Otago Regional Water Plan - opportunity for feedback

Otago Regional Water Plan - opportunity for feedback

30 Oct 2017


The quality of our lakes and rivers, monitoring and future use were highlighted as areas of importance in the Upper Clutha Conservation Report, Upper Clutha Transport Report, Arrowtown and Glenorchy Community Reports and Queenstown Transport.  ORC are currently changing their Water Plan.  Please see the information below on how you can get involved. 


We are developing a change to Otago’s Regional Plan Water (Water Plan) to manage the amount of water in the Clutha/Mata-au, its lakes and main upper catchment tributaries. This includes setting minimum flows and allocation limits for the Clutha/Mata-au, Kawarau and Hawea Rivers and levels and allocation limits for Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Roxburgh.

Before we notify a proposed plan change to the Water Plan, we are holding a series of three community consultation sessions over the coming months to develop the plan change. The feedback we receive from the community at these sessions will help us develop the plan change.

The first sessions are between 22 November and 5 December 2017, where we will be asking what’s important for you about the Clutha/Mata-au, Kawarau and Hawea Rivers and Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Roxburgh and the availability of water for diverse uses and values. At the start of each session there will be a brief presentation, and following that ORC staff will be available to talk one to one with people. 




Wednesday 22 November 2017

Copthorne Lakefront Hotel

88 Frankton Road

1.30-3.30pm or 6.30-8.30pm





Thursday 23 November 2017

Lake Wanaka Centre

89 Ardmore Street

1.30-3.30pm or 6.30-8.30pm





Monday 27 November 2017

The Gate

6 Barry Avenue





Tuesday 28 November 2017

The Cellar Door

143 Centennial Avenue

1.30-3.30pm or 6.30-8.30pm



Monday 4 December 2017

Roxburgh Memorial Hall

120 Scotland Street





Tuesday 5 December 2017

Rosebank Lodge

265 Clyde Street

1.30-3.30pm or 6.30-8.30pm


If you can’t attend a session, you can check out the information online and submit your feedback there from 22 November or by post (Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054). To account for the upcoming holiday season, feedback closes at
5pm on Friday 19 January 2018. 

For more information go to www.orc.govt.nz/clutha, call 0800 474 082, or email [email protected].

Your feedback on what is important to you will help us develop options for the plan change.  We will consult with you again on these options, and again on a preferred option, before we notify a plan change to the Water Plan.

Upper Clutha Final Taskforce Report

Upper Clutha Final Taskforce Report

24 Sep 2016

Louise Vicente

Your vision for Conservation in the Upper Clutha is:

"We, the Upper Clutha community, know, value and care for our area’s fresh waters, clean air, indigenous biodiversity and landscapes, and accept the shared responsibility to work together to ensure these are sustained and enhanced.

Our freshwaters and air are of unspoiled quality. The full natural range of indigenous biodiversity and ecosystems are present and flourishing.

The Upper Clutha is renowned for its landscapes expressing its unique and diverse natural character. The perpetuation of these natural resources is recognised as fundamental to our well-being and prosperity and as an integral part of our everyday lives." 

Included in the final report are 5 key recommendations to achieving the vision for conservation.


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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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