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.


Water Forum Documents and Reports

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

Whats happening in the regulatory world of water

Whats happening in the regulatory world of water

28 Mar 2018

Anita Golden

Learn about the current regulatory world of Freshwater!  

A summary of current regulation updates on Water Quality, Regional Policy Statement, Arrow River catchment and Wakatipu Basin Aquifer, Cardrona River and Wanaka  Basin Cardrona Gravel Aquifer and Residual flows impacting on the Queenstown Lakes District.

Read the full summary



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.

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