Vision Beyond 2050

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"This is a vision for our people, by our people and while we have called on a number of great thinkers and diverse stakeholders to drive that work, now we want to hear the voice of our wider communities" - Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult

The community is being asked to share their thoughts on a vision for our district. Looking beyond the year 2050, the vision work -  titled 'A Unique Place. An Inspiring Future | He Wāhi Tūhāhā. He Āmua Whakaohooho' - presents eight key themes for how we want to live, work and play in the future. This series of defining principles (or vision statements) is intended to be carried into the future and is brought to life through additional outcomes that define what we hope for, hear or experience in day-to-day life in the Lakes District. 

This work sits alongside existing and evolving town-specific masterplans, the District Plan review, plans for community facilities and the bold and ambitious 2018-2018 Ten Year Plan which was approved by Council in June 2018. It will also form a key part of a strategy to plan for future capacity and development in the district, meeting the expected demands of our growing community in both housing and business. The strategy will integrate land use and infrastructure planning, and will address the aspirations of QLDC and community for how growth and change should be accommodated and managed.

The first step in defining the draft vision was taken when Mayor Boult convened a small and diverse group of thinkers in August 2018 to reflect the many voices in our district and key concepts, including tangata whenua, the rich heritage of the area, today's diverse communities, and the business and tourism perspectives. This progressed to a group of approximately 50 people in a September workshop including perspectives from disabled people, voices from both youth and the elderly, iwi, farming, community support and development services, ethnic minorities, and representation from Central Government. 

Following community engagement and feedback on this draft, the vision will be finalised in early 2019.


Have your say!

Now is your chance to get involved by seeing the vision here and telling us what you think. We'll begin collating feedback from Friday 25 January 2019 but the survey will remain open until early February (final date TBC) to allow plenty of time for you to input.

If you're on a slower internet connection, you might prefer a static version of the vision which you can download from here

Click here to give us your feedback.

The eight vision statements will be displayed in the reception foyer at QLDC’s Ardmore Street and Gorge Road offices until early February for reflection and comment. Hardcopies of the survey will also be available at these locations for collection and drop off with our customer service team. 

Come along to one of our drop-in sessions

We are pleased to be able to offer two addition drop in sessions in the New Year based on the community’s demand and enthusiasm to be part of the Vision 2050 project.

If you'd like to chat with one of the team about the draft vision, join us at one of the drop-in sessions below.


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Wednesday 30 January 2019
11.00am - 1.00pm
Wanaka Library
Bullock Creek Lane, Wanaka

Queenstown Monday 4 Februrary 2019
11.00am - 1.00pm
Queenstown Memorial Centre Foyer
1 Memorial Street, Queenstown