Community Research

As a Council we're committed to building vibrant communities. As part of that, in conjunction with our partners we're kicking off a research project to better understand community groups and services, their current use of facilities, and their future demand for space. 

Our district is facing a period of unprecedented growth. We're all very aware of the challenges this growth is causing for things like roads, parking and housing. We're also hearing more and more that our community groups, services and facilities are under pressure.

This research project is significant and will allow us to better understand the opportunities and challenges that exist for community groups in our district particularly in relation to facilities. This data will be useful for all community groups, the Council and other funders to better plan for the future. 


How will the research work? 

The research project will gather information using the following methods:

Survey 1:  Community Groups and Services, and their use of facilities in the Queenstown Lakes District.

Take the survey here.

Survey 2: Facility Owners/Managers in the Queenstown Lakes District. This survey is for any organisation or group that owns or manages a facility in the district. 

Take the survey here.

Workshops with Community Groups 

Doors open at 6pm for light refreshments. 

Each group/service is invited to send up to two representatives.

Please RSVP your attendance via Eventfinda.


Interviews with key stakeholders including regional funding organisations.

The output of this research will be a report on community groups, services and facilities in the Queenstown Lakes District.

The data is already proving really helpful - check out some of the early insights here! 


What is the survey about and who should complete it?

Community Groups and Services:

As a community group or service based in the Queenstown Lakes District or delivering services in this district, we want to know about you!

Whether your group is formal or informal, if you meet regularly for organised activities or to deliver services then please take the time to complete this survey.

We will ask questions to better understand about your group or service, including where you are based, about your members, clients and volunteers, what activities you do, and your needs in relation to facility space. 

Facility owners or managers: 

We want to understand what different types of facilities are regularly being used by community/groups services in the Queenstown Lakes District and what challenges are being faced by facility owners.  

For the purpose of this research a facility can include: a building, park or reserve, a commercial or community space, or even a private home. 


How long will the survey take to complete?

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please don't be put off by this! Your responses are important. Ideally try to complete this survey in one go. If you need to save the information please click "Next" on the page you have completed then bookmark the form on the internet browser (or "add to favourites" depending on the browser you are using). 


When will the survey close?

Monday 2 July 2018 at 5pm.


Will my information remain confidential?

The information you provide will be grouped with that from other survey respondents. Any personal information you provide will not be published and will be held and protected by the partner organisations in accordance with the Privacy Act and the Local Government Act. We may use comments made in this survey in the final report. Please indicate if you do not want this information used in the report.  


What are the next steps? 

Data analysis will happen over July.  Following that, we expect to present the findings back to the community in September. 


Need some help completing the survey?

We'll be holding drop-in sessions at libraries across the district.  These dates are still being finalised, watch this space.

You can complete the survey free-of-charge using computers at any of the following locations:

  • All QLDC libraries across the district
  • Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Queenstown
  • Community Networks Wanaka and LINK Upper Clutha

We are grateful to these groups for their support.


Who do I contact for further information?


Our Partners

This research is led by the Queenstown Lakes District Council and sponsored by regional funders Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland and the Otago Community Trust.