Key themes and messages from My Place workshops


Climate Change:
  • Need to first understand facts and evidence to make sure the decisions made are relevant to the Lakes District and have the most effect
  • Strong desire for responsibility on the producer (anyone selling a good or service)
  • Important to think of climate change in relation to its economic impact, and to localise that effect in regards to our ski-fields, tourism sector and businesses that rely on the environment
My Place Today (Townships):
  • Residents love Makarora, but there isn’t much land for growth
  • Growth needs to be balanced against natural hazard risk
  • Tourism pressures need to be managed
  • Access to affordable rentals/building opportunities
  • Low impact/self sufficient
  • Underlying infrastructure
Future Development:
  • The linkages to DoC land, between houses and also to the river need to be broader, less restrictive and safer
  • The character needs to be maintained through managing tourism pressure, protecting natural places and providing key infrastructure
  • Acknowledge there are limited opportunities for additional (mixed) growth 


Climate Change:
  • Zero Carbon (net zero emissions)
  • Waste minimisation- zero waste
  • Food resilience & water quality
My Place Today (Townships):
  • We are Hāwea! Community is important and we demand to be listened to. We are special, we have unique qualities and want them recognised by the Council
  • Managed growth & infrastructure in line with growth, including the older parts of town sadly lacking infrastructure
  • Lake and Environment- Keep the lake and environment healthy. We love the lake and the environment
  • Hāwea doesn’t want to be the solution for Wanaka’s and Queenstown’s issues
  • Quality and flexibility of housing types and sustainability (incentives)
  • Community (reserves, input, connectivity) “making places and spaces”
  • Unique – not one solution for the whole district
  • Infrastructure – future proofing and public transport 
Future Development:
  • Community wellbeing
  • Social infrastructure first
  • Expanding town centre first rather than moving it (future proof it)


Climate Change:
  • Up-spec buildings (new and existing) and help people to do this through guides, codes etc
  • Ensure resilience and self-sufficiency at home and within the community e.g. supplies, power, services
  • Transport Systems – real alternatives, facilitating for electric vehicles and providing safe networks
My Place Today (Townships):
  • Parks – QLDC land should be locked up as reserve land. Preserve the creek and make it accessible and healthy
  • The community “feel” needs to be fostered and the demographic mix needs to be supported
  • Luggate’s uniqueness needs to be acknowledged and maintained
  • Don’t allow the one acre blocks to be subdivided 
  • Space and location have to be appropriate
  • Cost of land, materials, trade 
Future Development:
  • Retain character and values – village feel and scale but provide for local shops at Stone Mill area
  • Roading – bisects town. Road is not the identity of the town, improve speed limit and public transport
  • No airport – worried about the scale and the infrastructure needs to be in first 

Albert Town:

Climate Change:
  • Education and enforcement
  • Waste minimisation – individuals, households and business, one facility for Otago to minimise waste, move towards zero waste
  • Transport (active, linked cycle ways, public transport and shared electric cars/bikes) 
My Place Today (Townships):
  • Parks, trails, reserves, pedestrian access, road crossings – connectedness and safety
  • Natural boundaries define town edges –green belt part of identity, shouldn’t be built out
  • Noise – boats, jet ski’s traffic, airport
  • Albert Town really values the river, including preserving quietness and peacefulness
  • Low-scale development, low-rise, small dwellings, not necessarily large sites, could be the same as Wanaka but could remain as large sections 
  • Thriving, connected communities
  • Review densities, looking at infill development (however there are mixed views) and residential flats
  • Advocate and subsidise accommodation for workers and families through Trust 
Future Development:
  • Green spaces important and valued for recreation and are the edges
  • Mixed views on increase in density. If done, needs to be done well and in limited areas/focused areas “organic”
  • Safe and active travel options (i.e. bus/bike), addressing traffic issues and re-routing trucks away from Albert Town 


Climate Change:
  • Council declares a climate emergency (education)
  • Set targets re: climate change
  • Diversity, build a resilient economy- unhook from tourism & construction/development (lateral thinking)
  • Climate change levy in each household
My Place Today (Townships):

[This section does not apply to Wānaka - only townships - therefore it was not part of the Wānaka workshop]

  • Buildings (and industry) needs to be more sustainable locally sourced material, energy efficient homes, alternative electricity sources, less waste in particular building waste
  • More affordable housing (for ownership & rental) with a particular focus on worker accommodation. Tourism operators (i.e. Real Journeys, Treble Cone) and large employers who employ lower-waged staff (i.e. Mitre 10 and New World) should be providing workers accommodation
  • Tax/added rates on empty homes to unlock the current housing stock
  • Higher density needs to be hand in hand with better design and community spaces/resources. Density needs to be done well
Future Development:
  • Protect our open spaces - the green belt is really important. Although mixed views, careful management of growth
  • A plan that gets stuck to (rules) – community driven (values based) responsible development with community wellbeing as a driver
  • Airport - this needs to be community driven, domestic may be ok but jets are a concern
  • Transport - the way people arrive needs to be managed

Youth workshop - Mt Aspiring College:

Key messages:
  • More facilities (i.e. shopping, swimming pools, dog park, balance green space and concreted area, longboarding facility, trampoline and other sport facilities) 
  • Improve transport (i.e. more priority on pedestrians, buses, cycle ways)

Glenorchy and Kinloch:

Climate Change:
  • Have clear climate change goals stated in strategy – QLDC strategy which recognises climate change as No 1. Priority and makes decisions accordingly
  • Refer back to climate change with every new policy, plan, strategy for our district (including existing documents)
  • Economic ratings (measure carbon footprint, i.e. GDP per litre of fossil fuel for businesses). Redefine what we measure for our economic and environmental strengths (the way Bhutan did when they chose “Gross National Happiness” as their measure). Use simple metrics, easy to digest info. 
  • Incentivise/off-set carbon footprint and waste (i.e. planting natives, wind turbines, water conservation/reduce consumption, passive housing and public / active transport)
My Place Today (Townships):

Key Changes:

  • Controls on building and appearance are important for the character of Glenorchy with some flexibility (but not necessarily a consensus).
  • There is a degree of natural hazard awareness in Glenorchy but controls (i.e floor level) are still important

What we like:

  • Value the lifestyle, community feel and environment
  • The environment, its dominance and beauty, the rural and isolated feel
  • Strong community: the activities the community gets involved in together
  • Affordable and flexible housing solutions through District Plan
  • Standardise consents process  building and resource consent
  • Incentivise and reward long term rentals (i.e. through reduced rates)
Future Development:
  • Minimising impact on our water, retain the night sky, quietness and openness of the environment
  • Plan for resilience and address flooding, transport and electricity issues
  • Local values are critical considerations i.e. low carbon future, boutique (small scale) tourism, keeping it unique 
  • Better trail networks


Climate Change:
  • Public Transport service (Ferry/buses)
  • Measuring tool for carbon footprint
  • Lake water quality – tourism, enjoyment, pollution, fishing
  • Community education (all age ranges) i.e. Dr Compost
  • Subsidies and incentives
  • Sustainable growth and controlled developments
My Place Today (Townships):
  • Protect the lakefront from development
  • Small scale residential visitor accommodation working well; no more large-scale accommodation within the zone
  • No space for additional commercial activity within the zone
  • Current residential density working
  • Controls on natural hazards such as flooding is appropriate
  • Flexible design controls
  • Council to work with developers on our behalf to ensure good community outcomes
  • Retain community character
  • Streamline consents process
Future Development:
  • Better Services: Sewage and water, lighting, footpaths, drainage, connectivity and trails, traffic and accommodation
  • Sense of place: Keeping traditional Kingston (quiet and relaxed) and then developing and enabling growth out of the township with a mix of residential services and density.
  • Local Heritage
  • Local service and facilities: possible hub, recreational, cultural and heritage (community hubs)

Arrowtown and Arthurs Point:

Climate Change:
  • Activate transport improved infrastructure & hardware especially E-Bikes
  • Sustainable development and natural heritage
  • Systematic change approach/education/policy/enforcement
  • Clear vision carbon neutral, zero waste, zero carbon
  • Sense of local pride and celebration of success and supporting local groups to support sustainable practices
My Place Today (Townships): [This section does not apply to Arrowtown and Arthurs Point - only townships - therefore it was not part of the workshop]
  • Define and Retain Character & Heritage values
  • Diversity- age & socio-economic and cultural
  • Finding the balance between Character/Heritage and Diversity
Future Development:
  • More Direction of outcomes in terms of; Boundaries, Airport, Landscapes
  • Better accessibility and connectivity; Walkable, Safe biking links, transit
  • More investment in master planning and car & community infrastructure
  • Address ideas in previous strategy work (shaping our future) - funding


Climate Change:
  • Civil defence/ community resilience and preparedness – a sense of urgency rather than emergency
  • Transport:
    • Identify quick wins in this area e.g. electric cars 
    • Efficiency 
    • Options 
    • Incentivise behaviour (individuals and business) 
    • Infrastructure (e.g. trails) 
    • Carbon neutral transport 
  • A balanced approach between businesses (leadership) and behaviour change in individual citizens:
    • Identifying mechanisms to encourage behavioural change (e.g. partnerships - council staff to visit and encourage businesses to be more sustainable)
    • Positive, forward thinking, not disaster but solution focused; pragmatic, achievable and measurable.
    • Incentivise business to behave better (agriculture, tourism, transport, building industry)
My Place Today (Townships): [This section does not apply to Queenstown-Wakatipu - only townships - therefore it was not part of the workshop]
  • Businesses should be required to provide some percentage of accommodation for their staff – perhaps based on the number of staff
  • Council to enable greater densities whilst also ensuring high quality living environments i.e. green space 
  • Incentive and Disincentive unoccupied homes and land banked areas

Future Development:
  • Provide community facilities which contribute to community identity and integration
  • Plan holistically for settlements with local employment, community spaces, housing, open space 
  • Sustaining our natural environment
  • Better development process and future proofed infrastructure –thinking ahead