Otago Regional Council policy analysts Sarah Valk (left)
and Sylvie Leduc (right) join senior policy analyst Ralph
Henderson in Queenstown on Tuesday, as the council launched
its regional policy statement and held its first public
meeting seeking feedback on issues facing the district.
Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
A small number attended the launch, in Queenstown on
Monday night, of the Otago Regional Council's regional policy
statement, aimed at shaping the region's future.
ORC senior policy analyst Ralph Henderson said about 15
people, including representatives from the Queenstown Lakes
District Council, attended the public meeting to share their
views on issues facing the Queenstown Lakes District.
Mr Henderson said while the attendance was ''smaller than we
would have liked'' it was difficult to engage people in
''high level discussions''. Their contribution was vital,
''Part of the process we're going through is to gather as
much feedback as possible about what peoples' issues are.
''That's really our push at the moment, rather than trying to
tell people what we think the issues are.
''Each district has its own perceptions on what the key
issues they face are; we're trying to bring that together in
a document that will have better direction for the
The regional policy statement was reviewed every 10 years and
covered a broad range of topics, including heritage,
transport, energy, water, air, land, social and economic
It also sought to address climate change, dealing with
natural hazards and responding to fuel and energy pressures.
Mr Henderson said the council was trying to ''integrate it
all'', along with district plans and regional plans.
Issues raised in Queenstown included biodiversity, compact
urban development and transport, as well as encouraging local
food production and manufacture in the district, which would
also diversify the economy.
The ORC held an information evening in Alexandra on Tuesday
night, and morning
public ''drop-in'' sessions on Tuesday and yesterday.
It will gather feedback in Dunedin today at the Dunedin
Public Art Gallery, followed by a drop-in session there from
9am until noon tomorrow.
It will also hold meetings in Oamaru on Monday, at the
Brydone Kingsgate Hotel, and at the Town and Country Club in
Balclutha on Wednesday, Drop-in sessions will be held at
those venues from 9am until noon the day after the public
The draft statement will be notified for public consultation
this year and a confirmed document will be released by