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 have included links to PDF files of the full write-ups for the main engagement sessions.

In June we were invited to contribute to a sustainability presentation by Ranger Taylor Peebles from DOC at the Te Anau visitor centre to a fantastic group of Northern Southland College students on a field trip. We welcome any youth / school group travelling to Te Anau who has an interest in Piopiotahi to get in touch with us to hear about our project.

We also provided an update to the Department of Conservation Te Anau Team on 26 June and our Director Chris Goddard presented to Upper Clutha U3A July Series ​ on ‘The Future of Tourism in the Southern Region’.  Approximately 180 people attended this event and there was high interest in and general support for the vision of the masterplan.



Milford community

On 7 June, we held a session attended by around 17 Milford residents – thanks to all those who ventured out on that crispy cold evening to join this. Those present strongly opposed the option of a single staff accommodation building at Piopiotahi and asserted the need for good separation between staff accommodation and visitors to Piopiotahi. There was support for a communal facility for staff and residents. People asserted they were clear about the area’s natural hazards and accepting of the risks associated with living there. We committed to sharing the Milford Opportunities project Hazards and Risks Review Report (PDF, 48.3MB) undertaken in 2021.

Here is the Piopiotahi Milford Sound community feedback document from June 2023.