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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.

Latest News

2 days ago

Shaping Our Future
Thank you so much Nadia Lim and Carlos Bagrie for coming to our workshop on Locally Grown Food. Fascinating discussion about defining ‘local’, the barriers of food production and hearing about your transformative farming journey. From garden to plate - check out the their Royalburn station store in arrowtown. An inspiration in what can be achieved. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Shaping Our Future
Remember earlier in the year when citrus was hard to come by. There were supermarket shortages of lemons in early Autumn! What the GUAC!The nation was surprised to find out that New Zealand citrus is a northland winter crop. It's harvested late July. Citrus is fussy about frost so never has taken commercially to down south. Stone fruit... on the other hand, thrives in our climate. Peaches, apricots, cherries, nectarines. Think Cromwell big fruit!These fruit trees get pruned back in winter. In Spring conditions are ideal for growth. Not too cold or windy. Low rain fall. The warm days and cool night really flavour the fruit.In the heat of summer amongst the dry weather is when we harvest. Come to our free public workshop we we will discuss Locally Grown Produce. TODAY at Lake Hayes Pavilion. Be there or be pear. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

Shaping Our Future
Locally Grown [free] public workshop - happening today at 12pm at Lake Hayes Pavilion.Guest speaker Carlos Bagrie from Royalburn station will be opening the session. Don’t forget to bring a plate. Food can come from your backyard or from a can! It all adds to the discussion. 😋 ... 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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