Milford Opportunities Project Newsletter October 2023
Kia ora and welcome to the October Milford opportunities Newsletter.
Early this month the Milford Opportunities Unit spent time in Te Anau as a team to meet with Board members, check in on how we are embedding Ngāi Tahu values into our work and plan the detail of our work programme over the coming months. How we engage our stakeholders and wider New Zealand is strong component in this.
Over the last nine months, the focus of the Engagement & Communications workstream has been to reach out to all those connected to Milford Sound Piopiotahi, whether they live, work, gather kai or recreate in the area, or value this special place from afar. We have sought to ensure this work is informed by the experience and wisdom of mana whenua, the community, interest groups, experts, tourism operators and users of the National Park and the Milford Highway. In total this amounts to 128.5 hours of engagement to date.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to feed in so far.
We now have some work to do to build on what we’ve heard and the connections we’ve made as we shift from information gathering to options development based around the vision, goals and recommendations of the Milford Opportunities Masterplan. The intent is to provide space for richer, two-way engagement and we’ll be looking at what is possible and sharing more on this, including a timeframe, as the work shapes up over the next six weeks.
Phil Tisch, Fi Roberts & Lizzy Sutcliffe
Milford Opportunities Engagement & Communications Team