A fine start to 2023

03 February 2023



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 newsletters and updates.
This is the first newsletter for 2023.  We hope you like it and find the information useful.
We’d love your feedback via the poll on the Te Anau Hub too –  you will find it on the next page.
And if you have friends who would like to receive our newsletters and updates, you can get them to sign up here >     Just scroll down to the bottom of the link to the subscription form.
Here’s to an exciting 2023 and seeing the Master Plan for The Milford Opportunities Project brought to life.

The Milford Opportunities Project Team


Tū te Rakiwhānoa

Milford Opportunities Hub – open and welcoming visitors

“… Tū te Rakiwhānoa looked at the high, unbroken rock faces that stretched from Tawhiti-tarere (Puyseguer Point) to Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) on the Western side. He realised the mammoth task that lay in front of him. Wielding his mighty adze (Te Hamo) he chopped into and shaped the great mountains of rock, creating fiords, islands and waterways. Starting in the south, he got better as he worked, creating places of increasing grandeur and beauty as he made his way north to Piopiotahi. Piopiotahi was his greatest work.”

Tū te Rakiwhānoa plays a significant role in the Ngāi Tahu creation story. This is the atua (god-like figure) who made this wild and raw land fit for humans.

Tū-te-Rakiwhānoa is waiting to greet you at the Milford Opportunities Project (MOP) Community Engagement Hub – the ‘face of the project’. He almost didn’t make it here though, being saved just minutes away from the skillsaw at Piopiotahi a few years ago and taken to Ōraka-Aparima Rūnanga’s Marae “Takutai o Te Tītī” at Oraka (Colac Bay) for safe-keeping. Once again though he stands defiant and proud in his temporary Te Anau home as he makes his way back towards the masterpiece that is Piopiotahi.


Initial public response to the Hub has been good.

Initial public response to the Hub has been good. A number of locals and visitors have popped in to say hello and offer ideas and suggestions. This is what the project needs as we listen to your thoughts on the conceptual Master Plan and feed that back into the project team. Already, people seem pleased to have a place where they can be actively involved in the project and a place that is staffed by locals too. We would love to have you drop in sometime.

We are in the old Westpac Bank building at the lake end of the Te Anau Town Centre.


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 not back to the drawing board for the Master Plan but it’s ‘living’ in the sense that each idea outlined within it needs to be fleshed out and tested. Are the ideas workable? What would need to be adjusted to make sure they are feasible?  This is the important mahi of the coming year.

You will find the Master Plan on our website here >

The Master Plan



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 up yet but you can indicate your interest in being part of these once the format has been decided on.

Engagement Groups, once established, will play an active role in considering the Master Plan’s proposals. They will offer suggestions as to how the proposals of the Master Plan can be implemented.

Some of the proposals in the Master Plan include:  a park and ride facility to help reduce traffic congestion; a network of cycleways and walking tracks to broaden the range of opportunities to experience the Milford road corridor; and an infrastructure programme to improve facilities like toilets and shelters. Already we have had great engagement on the routes of some of the walking tracks proposed in the Plan.

You can indicate your interest in being part of an Engagement Group by:

Going to the website and registering > Click on  ‘Get Involved’ in the menu bar.

Visiting the Hub in Te Anau to register your interest in person>

Or emailing us directly > Enter ‘ Engagement Group’ in the subject line.

Keep an eye on your inbox for our next newsletter/update, due out mid March