Community - Get in touch, be involved

We are working with the local community, project partners and consultant experts to discuss the issues, asses the hazards and look at ways to adapt to the natural hazards. Find out how you can get involved.


Last year, we held community engagement sessions and plan to hold more follow-up sessions; as many as needed, with the community throughout this next phase of the hazard adaptation process. These provide opportunities to discuss findings, and for ORC to listen to your feedback – we value your input.

You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter here. Feel free to contact ORC’s Natural Hazards team on 0800 474 082 or email us at This email will go to our Natural Hazards team, and we will provide responses to any emailed questions, and facilitate answers from our consultants if needed.  


Upcoming events


Report Findings Follow-up Community Meeting

We will have follow-up sessions (as many as needed) with the community throughout this adaptation process. A follow up to the investigations will be held in Glenorchy later in June or early July. Dates to be confirmed and published via the newsletter. Sign up here.

These follow-up sessions will provide opportunities to discuss findings and let us know your feedback, but in the meantime you can review questions and answers here.  

Information on our project and the reports can be found here. This will be updated with answers to questions, the reports as well as community sessions.  

You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter here or contact us on We will provide responses to any emailed questions and facilitate answers from our consultants if needed.  



Previous events


Presentation of report findings

ORC and consultants presented the findings of their investigation into flooding and liquefaction hazards, recently.

Date: Thursday 2 June 2022

Time: 6pm - 7:30pm    

Host: Councillor Alexa Forbes  

Facilitator: David Cooper, Principal Advisor - Iwi Relationships and Strategic Stakeholders   


Intro to the project - Dr Jean-Luc Payan, Manager Natural Hazards   

Liquefaction hazards - Dr Sjoerd van Ballegooy, Tonkin + Taylor Ltd   

Flood hazards - Matthew Gardner, Land River Sea Consulting Ltd   


The meeting was recorded and is available below.


Session one: What is happening now, and how does this affect you?

Friday 4 December 2020, 2pm to 7pm, Glenorchy Hall

A discussion on the natural hazard events the community is exposed to, and how these events have impacted the community in the past. An opportunity to discuss the natural hazards of the area with ORC and QLDC representatives, and experts from Tonkin + Taylor.

We have sought stories about the local residents’ natural hazards experiences, their concerns, and what they value about living in this area.


Session two: What could happen in the future, and what might we do?

Thursday 8 April 2021, 2pm to 7pm, Glenorchy Hall

A discussion on what could happen to the physical environment of the Head of Lake Wakatipu area in the future, and what we might do. This was the second community discussion event aimed at developing a natural hazards adaptation plan for the Head of Lake Wakatipu area in the face of its changing environment. We talked about how river and delta changes and expected impacts of climate change might alter the natural hazards of the area. We had discussions with members of the local community about different adaptation approaches, and what these mean to the local residents.

This discussion session was followed by a public presentation by Professor James Brasington about fluvial hazards at the top of the lake.



Session three: How can we navigate the adaptation options?

Planned for late 2021

Discussions on the local challenges and adaptation options, how to evaluate the various adaptation options available, and the considerations and constraints to implementation of all the possible options.  Conversations about under what conditions we should move to other alternatives, and which possible trigger events or thresholds could be used.


Session four: What might the adaptation pathways look like, and what happens now?

Planned for late 2021

A session to recap findings of the previous community meetings and outline details of the preferred adaptation approach, developed based on this community input. Discussion on the next steps for the project as we move into more detailed review of proposed options and how ongoing project review and implementation might work.

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