Community meetings round two

Regional Councils are required to involve communities and Tangata Whenua when developing the land and water regional plan.

ORC will hold three rounds of consultation across Otago.


We are coming to you

We’ll be back in the community from late October 2022 presenting options for managing water and land in your FMU or rohe and achieving the things you value about waterways in your area.

If you can’t make it to our community meetings, you can still have your say through our feedback form.

Feedback form


Community meetings




Catlins Owaka Memorial Community Centre

Tuesday 25 October 2pm and 7pm

Upper Lakes Sherwood Hotel, Queenstown Monday 31 October 7pm
Upper Lakes Wanaka Community Hub  Tuesday 1 November 2pm and 7pm
Dunstan Lake Hawea Community Centre Monday 7 November 7pm
Dunstan Tarras War Memorial Community Centre Tuesday 8 November 7pm
Dunstan Cromwell & Districts Presbyterian Church Wednesday 9 November 7pm
Roxburgh Clyde Earnscleugh Rugby Club Tuesday 15 November 7pm
Roxburgh Roxburgh Service Centre Wednesday 16 November 7pm
Roxburgh Millers Flat Hall Thursday 17 November 7pm
Lower Clutha Cross Recreation Centre, Balclutha Monday 21 November 2pm and 7pm
Lower Clutha West Otago Community Centre, Tapanui Tuesday 22 November 7pm
Taieri Coronation Hall, Mosgiel Monday 28 November 7pm
Taieri Strath Taieri Community Centre, Middlemarch Tuesday 29 November 7pm
Taieri Maniototo Golf Club, Ranfurly Wednesday 30 November 2pm and 7pm
North Otago Oamaru Opera House Thursday 1 December 2pm and 7pm
North Otago Palmerston Community Centre Monday 5 December 7pm
Dunedin & Coast Coronation Hall, Milton Tuesday 6 December 7pm
North Otago Puketeraki Marae, Karitane Wednesday 7 December 7pm
Dunedin & Coast Dunedin Public Art Gallery Thursday 8 December 12noon and 7pm


What makes this different from the last consultation round?

In round one communities told us what they valued about their rivers, lakes and streams, and how these values could be managed in the future. Economic well-being was important, along with swimming and fishing, among other values you shared.

At community meetings this time round, we will discuss our suggestions and options for future management of these values and seek your feedback on these. 

You will also hear about the current state of your rivers and waterways, actions needed and the outcome of various suggested actions, as well as the Government's national approach.

View the online presentations, recordings and reports from consultation round one.


Why should you care?

The new plan will become a powerful planning tool to manage land and waterways in the region. It will bring change in the status quo, and this will affect people. When the impacts of the new plan start to be felt in the years ahead, you want to feel as though you know it, and you contributed to it.

The Otago Region has some amazing natural landscapes and resources, and water is a critical aspect of that uniqueness. Water resources in Otago could be better. Taking action now provides a new planning framework for the future and gives generational certainty around outcomes. So get involved!

The big picture – find out how what we do in Otago fits in with the rest of NZ.


What comes next – round three!

Feedback from round two will help draft options for managing land and freshwater that might include minimum flows and levels, allocation limits, ensuring flow variability, enabling resilience, efficiency standards for diverse water uses and ways to avoid or reduce over-allocation of water.

These will be FMU/rohe specific and will be presented when we return for consultation in 2023. Your input into this round of consultation is critical.

In late 2023 the proposed plan will be released for public consultation. You will then have another opportunity to provide feedback on this planning framework.


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