Crystallised objectives in a new progress report, a revamped
website and a renewed push to engage Queenstown Lakes
district residents underscore the ongoing Shaping Our Future
initiative, proponents say.
The eight-page report released last week by the group behind
the project declares its statement of intent, who is driving
it, what has happened so far, identifies priorities, explains
how to get involved and what is happening now.
Shaping Our Future participants developed a draft vision and
priorities which are the summation of the opinions and
thoughts of 1000 people over 18 months.
The process was designed to use the expertise and knowledge
of people who lived in the district, instead of expensive
Spokesman David Kennedy said the objectives of the report and
the website were to encourage the widest possible engagement
of the people who lived in the district about the future of
"The concept of Shaping Our Future is simple. It is a chance
for all residents to truly have a say, and hopefully an
influence, in what the future of our district could look
like," Mr Kennedy said.
"One thousand people have guided us with their thoughts on
what they think is important.
"Some of these people have contributed more time and
expertise to task forces.
"When you look at the priorities in front of us, the work
that's been done to date is just the tip of the iceberg," he
The report is designed to be spread by social media although
a limited number of copies will be printed. The website is
interactive, with browsers asked to register, log in, then
make their comments, Mr Kennedy said.
"We encourage people to use the website to share information
and put up their hand for task forces or priorities they'd
like to be involved in.
"It's an inexpensive way to get people involved although we
do understand some aren't as technically engaged as others so
we also have a plan to reach out through community
organisations over the next year to keep the process moving."
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden, who is chairwoman of
the steering group which guides the process, said Shaping Our
Future held "great potential".
"If we can build real engagement across all sectors of our
community, we can create a way forward that would allow us to
really be responsible for our future.
"There is opportunity to effect change right through all
levels of governance if we can get together and work towards
how we want things to be," Ms van Uden said.
Shaping Our Future is on course to become an incorporated
society and holds its first annual meeting early in the New
The Queenstown Lakes District Council agreed to become an
established member of the society and last week appointed the
mayor as its representative.