Group calls for Queenstown events agency


A new community-driven steering group for the Wakatipu has released its first major report – pushing for a local events agency. 

The report and recommendations by the Shaping our Future group is available from today (Friday) for public debate. 

It recommends an events agency be formed to map out a plan coordinating the “currently fragmented industry sector”. It calls for involvement from the Ministry of Economic Development and Queenstown Lakes District Council, which is also asked for $175,000 in seed funding for the first year. 

Shaping our Future spokesman David Kennedy, a former long-serving Destination Queenstown boss, says it’s the first recommendation to come out of the Shaping our Future process. 

“We’re thrilled with the calibre of this report generated from a group of volunteers who are passionate about seeing success for events in the district. 

Queenstown Lakes mayor Vanessa van Uden says events funding and facilitation has been a hot topic of debate. 

“Now we have a real starting point to work with and recommendations to consider.” 

A forum to receive the report is scheduled for next Friday from 4.30pm to 7pm at council offices in Wanaka and Queenstown linked by video. It’s open to the public. 

The full report is available at

Shaping our Future is currently governed by a volunteer steering group. It is in the process of setting up as an incorporated society. It co-ordinates activity including the facilitation of future focused forums which are open to the public and the organisation of volunteer task force groups which carry out specific tasks requested by the forums.