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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.

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2 days ago

Shaping Our Future
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4 days ago

Shaping Our Future
How we use a report... Say you go along to a Shaping our Future workshop – it might be a long-term plan or about something specific, like transportation. You jot down your thoughts and feelings, then leave full of biscuits and cups of tea. Job might be done there. For us, we collate that information into a dated report for anyone to access. Think of it as a placement holder for issues that may arise. One issue that did arise, we were able to draw on existing reports. This was the high pitch visual display as part of a council consultation in exploring roof height changes. We were able to make a submission on behalf of the community. We had carried out community engagement in Arrowtown and Hāwea – even facilitating the taskforce for the township’s masterplan. Curious? Read more about how we use our reports to ensure decisions keep within the collective community view: shapingourfuture.org.nz/news-blog/. . . #submission #futureproofing #futurethinking #accountability #community #queenstownlakes ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Shaping Our Future
The Official Annual Report is now available on our website. Click here to view it: shapingourfuture.org.nz/agm-2023/ This report covers social engagement and activities for 2023. ‘It’s been a busy year of finishing projects and starting new ones’ writes Shaping our Future chairwoman Vanessa van Uden in her opening address. At the AGM we were delighted to bring a new member to the board ‘Nicolet Spice’. But also announce the farewell of Barry Bruce, long-standing SoF board member who has stood down this year due to work commitments (we hope Barry will continue to be a vocal supporter of Shaping our Future around the Council table) and Susan David who has been active in workshops and around the table discussions for nearly two years. Both Barry and Susan will be missed and wish them well in the future. Wanting to be involved with Shaping our Future? Click here to become a member: shapingourfuture.org.nz/get-involved/ . . . #queenstownlife #communitymatters #AGM #futurethinking #communityconsultants ... 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.

Remember to join Shaping our Future if you want to keep up to date with the latest developments!