New Te Anau community hub ready to welcome visitors

Great progress has been made on the Milford Opportunities Project (MOP) hub in the heart of Te Anau and it is now open!

The hub, located in the Te Anau Town Centre, has been established to help the MOP team engage with locals, business owners and visitors as they challenge and test the recommendations from the Milford Opportunities Masterplan. It will also serve as an office and meeting space for the project team.

“Quality engagement is at the heart of MOP’s work as we assess the feasibility of the ideas in the Milford Opportunities Masterplan over the coming months,” says Milford Opportunities Programme Director Chris Goddard.

“This is an open invitation for everyone to come down and take a look. Give us your feedback and keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities to engage further with the project. We’ll be publicising these engagement sessions shortly.”

“We can’t do this work alone. We need the experience and wisdom of the community, interest groups, operators and users of the National Park and the Milford Highway to critically evaluate what has been tabled so that a robust set of recommendations can be put to Government. That is why the hub is such an asset.”

“Milford Sound Piopiotahi is a national treasure that belongs to all New Zealanders. We want to know what matters most for how we look after this place for future generations. We need to consider potential risks, or knock-on effects and the many potential opportunities and synergies around this work.”

Chris Goddard said he was excited to see the finishing touches being completed on the MOP Hub in Te Anau.

Chris said he would like to thank all those who have supported us in establishing the hub including Iwi who donated the magnificently carved Tū Te Rakiwhānoa who stands proud in the reception area, businesses who donated various items and Southland District Council who donated most of the furniture.

“This year is all about engaging in the detail of the Master Plan, and we look forward to working with a wide range of groups and interested parties to understand their thinking better.”

New Te Anau community hub ready to welcome visitors