E.coli outbreaks, lake snow, algae blooms, flooding, pollution, water restrictions and the quality of our drinking water  - it’s been a summer of water concerns in our district. 

Shaping our Future invites you to share your views on our rivers, lakes, drinking and wastewater at Water Forums at:

If you can't make it have your say using our short water survey

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

Read the full media release.

Water Forum Documents and Reports

Watch a Shaping our Future Forum

Watch a Shaping our Future Forum

05 Mar 2018

Anita Golden

Ever wondered what happens at a Shaping our Future Forum?  This short video is from our first Arrowtown public forum. 

We bring our community members together to discuss your vision for the future.  We use world cafe style which gives every person in the room a voice, not just the loudest voice. We workshop the key issues in small groups and look at possible solutions.  This information forms the basis for our volunteer taskforces to develop their strategic reports. 

Some of the key things we ask:

1.  The biggest challenges facing us today (priorities)

2.  Look more closely at the challenges - where do we want to be in the future ie what does success look like?  What are the critical driving influences and what are some of the possible solutions to bring us closer to our vision for the future.

Watch the video





Shaping our Future to turn the spotlight on water

Shaping our Future to turn the spotlight on water

05 Mar 2018

Anita Golden


 5 March 2018

Shaping our Future turns the spotlight on water - Read the full media release



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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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