Shaping Our Future

Shaping Our Future, set up in 2011, is a community-driven project that is working towards a long-term vision of ‘spectacular environments, enterprising people, exceptional solutions’ in the Queenstown Lakes District. A specific Shaping Our Future process was instigated for Arrowtown.

The ambition was to give every person in the community a voice in guiding the future development of the district. The Shaping Our Future process used community forums and online input, volunteer taskforces and strategy reports to promote discussion and create a roadmap to achieving the community’s goals.

The final Arrowtown Shaping Our Future report was released in late 2017.


Guardians of the report

The Arrowtown Village Association was in 2018 selected by the Shaping Our Future committee to become guardians of the final Shaping Our Future Arrowtown Community Visioning report.

The four pillars that make up the report are

  • Heritage
  • Character
  • Community
  • Environment.

The key report vision for Arrowtown is to create

A vibrant, diverse community that is pro-active in managing its future in a way that values and sustainably protects its heritage, character, lifestyle and the natural environment.

Already aspects of this report can be seen coming to fruition, such as:

The document is a great blueprint for our village and we are excited to have been offered the role of guardian. It allows us to make recommendations to decision makers in a structured, community-driven way. We will refer to the document often as we consult and inform you, our community, on matters of interest.

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