Recent and upcoming engagement

Key engagement sessions from the last few weeks include a webinar for the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce on 28 September and an open session on the Kantar domestic and international consumer research results on October 5.

On 9 October MOP and the Fiordland Marine Guardians hosted a second cross agency hui to discuss potential opportunities and risks associated with the Fiordland marine environment. This was a rich and rewarding session which enabled valuable feedback and insights.

We were also delighted to have the opportunity to present to Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) members about the project on Thursday 19 October. Our Programme Director Chris Goddard and Board Member Dave Bamford presented to over 50 people resulting in some great feedback and further engagement work. Chris touched on the alignments between the vision of the Milford Opportunities Masterplan and TIA’s Tourism 2050 blueprint and asked how we build on this together. He acknowledged the great work the industry is doing to lead the way in building a regenerative tourism system.

These sessions continue into next week when we meet with the Southland Chamber of Commerce in Invercargill to discuss the masterplan to their membership. Chris will be presenting to Air New Zealand representatives on the project on 2 November.

Our next Te Anau drop-in day is 22 November. Anyone wishing to drop into the Te Anau Project Hub, 26 Town Centre can email our Principal Engagement Advisor Fi Roberts to set up a time.

Feedback from the Fiordland Business Association

The team met with the Fiordland Business Association back on 28 August, to go over their feedback on the masterplan recommendations, in particular what these might mean for Te Anau and its community.

We really appreciate the interest, support and constructive feedback the association continues to provide the project. The main points from this session included strong support for managed access, charging international visitors, developing multiple experiences and a Te Anau hub, use of sustainable practices and benefits for wider Southland. There were also concerns expressed around funding for this work not burdening local taxpayers.

Download a full summary of the conversation as a PDF file (1,072 KB)