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Engagement update

Engagement & Communications Lead Phil Tisch In the last update we mentioned we were in the process of setting up one-on-one engagements to test… Read More

Heritage update

Heritage and Ngāi Tahu Partnership Workstream Lead John Twidle, talks about the importance of his workstream and what’s happening in this space currently. People… Read More

New board chair and members

Jenn Bestwick, Arihia Bennett and Dave Bamford This month we are celebrating three excellent additions to the Milford Opportunities Ministerial Advisory Board including new board… Read More


Upcoming Milford community update Tuesday 3 October 6.30pm, Blue Duck Café, Milford Sound Piopiotahi We are aware that there are limited opportunities prior to… Read More


Since the beginning of the year, we’ve held over 102 hours of engagement sessions mainly focussed on groups and operators based out of Te Anau. Read More

Why make these recommendations?

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2018 in one day roughly 1,293 vehicles entered Milford Sound Piopiotahi, delivering 5,771 passengers to the boat terminal. Buses… Read More

Transport and infrastructure

The first tranche of Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for assessing the feasibility of the energy, environmental values, and walking and cycling components of the masterplan’s… Read More

Recent engagement

Over the last six weeks we have had engagement sessions with the Piopiotahi Milford Sound community, recreational climbers and Te Anau-based coach drivers. We… Read More

Feedback continued…

Recreational climbers We are often reminded about the majestic recreation opportunities in Fiordland, including the Darran Mountains as being the climbing pinnacle in… Read More


Kia ora, Welcome to our July 2023 newsletter. The team is pleased to share the latest feedback from our engagement with the community,… Read More

Fiordland Business Association

Keen to build the relationship with Milford Opportunities. We are all interested in the ‘how’. What does the masterplan mean to businesses, operators, the community. Read More


We are currently working through our engagement programme. The programme is designed to support Stage Three, Phase One – feasibility testing the masterplan’s recommendations,… Read More

Website updates

The Milford Opportunities Project Establishment Board Terms of Reference are now on our website. These were approved by the Milford Opportunities… Read More

Upcoming engagement sessions

Our engagement programme is now underway as we look to test the Masterplan’s recommendations. We have a series of engagement sessions planned for the… Read More

Acting Board Chair

Following Dr Keith Turner’s retirement last month, we are delighted to have Bill Day stepping into the Board Chair role while we seek a permanent… Read More

Meet the team

The work to test the Milford Opportunities Masterplan’s recommendations requires a broad spectrum of skills and experience across topics including conservation, infrastructure, business, engagement, cultural… Read More

Tourism Minister’s visit

Minister Peeni Henare, travelled to Te Anau, as an extension of his visit to Queenstown, to meet local tourism operators. The Milford Opportunities Project… Read More


We know there’s strong interest in the Milford Opportunities Project and we are committed to keeping you up to date with the work via… Read More


We mentioned in our last newsletter that there would be opportunities for you join an Engagement Group. We are not quite ready to set these… Read More

The Master Plan

The Master Plan for the Milford Opportunities Project has been designed to be a living document rather than something that is set in stone. It’s… Read More

Policy and Legislation team

The focus for the last two months has been to establish a Policy and Legislation team. At the same time, we have been working with the Milford… Read More

Commercial Activity

The commercial team are working on designing a commercial strategy which will include an approach to concessions and funding. The team are looking to investigate potential… Read More

Establishing the team 

We have been recruiting a team to deliver the next phase of the project and the final members will join us early in the new year. Read More

October Public Meeting

We are holding meetings in Te Anau, Milford Sound Piopiotahi, Queenstown and Invercargill so you can come along and talk to the team and ask… Read More

September Newsletter

Here is the September edition of the Milford Opportunities Project E-Newsletter that takes a look at our upcoming October engagement, the results from the July… Read More

Project team update

Stantec, Boffa Miskel, Kauati, Martin Jenkins, Natural Resources Law, Visitor Solutions, Fresh Info, ECPC and Build Media make up the Milford Opportunities project team, led… Read More

Upcoming engagement opportunities

On 5 October the Milford Opportunities Project will be undertaking another nationwide campaign. This will be the final chance for large-scale engagement on this project… Read More

Safety upgrade for the Homer Tunnel

In July the Minister of Infrastructure Shane Jones announced the Homer Tunnel was getting a safety upgrade from the ‘shovel ready’ funding. Infrastructure improvements are… Read More

It’s time to get involved

We want to hear from and engage with people and organisations during the preparation of the Milford Opportunities Project masterplan. We have multiple ways… Read More

July nationwide survey

A two-week survey was conducted nationwide in July, focusing on ideas the project had received through earlier public forums and stakeholder engagement. Because… Read More

Milford Opportunities is online

The Milford Opportunities Project now has a website which has gone live today. The website contains information about the project, summaries of previous engagement,… Read More