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Since 2011 we have been engaging with our community on a range of topics.

Over 2000 community members have spent over 4000 volunteer hours working collectively to influence policy-making in the Queenstown Lakes District.

We have helped shape policy using public forums and task forces to create reports and deliver recommendations that reflect community consensus. We have relied on a well-tested formula, involving a public forum leading to a volunteer task force creating a strategy report, which goes back to the forum to become endorsed and presented as recommendations to the government.

Our world changes and our methods of engaging have too. We use surveys, online sessions and host talks as ways of getting a conversation started with you.

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6 days ago

Shaping Our Future
Hāwea is in a unique position. The township still has most of its grassroots intact. The local pub IS the town centre!!! But the winds of change are upon this lakeside satellite town. Residential population is on the rise. 👨‍👩‍👦🏠👨‍👩‍👦‍👦🏠👩‍👦‍👦🏠👫🏠👭Shaping Our Future gathered interested members of the public and from Hawea Community Association to plan out what the future of Hāwea might be.These passionate people all had unique backgrounds; teacher, industrial designer, holiday homeowner, environmentalist, developer - they all have an interest in Hāwea and how it should develop. They know that growth is imminent but are working together to have community influence on its future.This is what we do. Shaping our Future - Describe your vision, determine your future. 💫#townplanning #futurethinking #CommunityCouncil #community #hāwea #growth #vision #taskforce #shoufu ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Shaping Our Future
Community Autumn Planting with the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust👉 TOMORROW.1500 trees need to be planted in the ground at Whitechapel Reserve. BYO Bucket. This is to help moisten the super dry ground and give these seedlings a fighting chance. These events are so important for retaining hubs of beautiful natives among our landscape.🌳Community Native Tree Planting Day🌳Volunteers needed to help us plant 1500 native trees and shrubs at Whitechapel Reserve in Arrow Junction, from 9am this Saturday. We have an extra challenge due to the HOT, DRY summer & autumn, so every hole needs to be watered before planting. **** PLEASE BRING A BUCKET OR WATERING CAN (OR 3L MILK BOTTLES) TO HELP WITH THE WATERING ****Morning tea kindly provided by our awesome friends at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, and we will be celebrating the start of planting season with a Community BBQ after planting is complete.If you are an early bird and would like to help with setup, we would welcome the extra hands. You will find us on site from 8.15am.And remember, it's not all about digging holes and planting, we have lots of jobs that help keep the day running smoothly for everyone. So, grab your gardening gloves, a water bottle, hat & sunscreen, along with family, friends and the dog, and join us as we continue restoring biodiversity to Whitechapel Reserve!Click on this link for more details:www.facebook.com/events/342797374528215 ... See MoreSee Less
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Share our successes;
Be part of our future.

Since 2011 we have been engaging with our community on a range of topics.

Over 2000 community members have spent over 4000 volunteer hours working collectively to influence policy-making in the Queenstown Lakes District.

We have helped shape policy using public forums and task forces to create reports and deliver recommendations that reflect community consensus. We have relied on a well-tested formula, involving a public forum leading to a volunteer task force creating a strategy report, which goes back to the forum to become endorsed and presented as recommendations to the government.

Our world changes and our methods of engaging have too. We use surveys, online sessions and host talks as ways of getting a conversation started with you.

“We are in the right place and moment, so we have to act collectively and act now.”

FRANCO, Forum participant

Have an idea for a forum, talk, or discussion?

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 click on one of the Forum Topics listed.

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