AJ Mason

Almost a decade ago, our community came together to chart our way forward into our, then, economic future. In 2011, Shaping Our Future brought together our community - through a series of forums and workshops - to explore our aspirations...

Boundaries that divide us

Divide and conquer, that's the traditional formula. Or, slightly tweaked, "divide and ignore". Our communities may enjoy a friendly rivalry, but by contrast with the rest of New Zealand, there's far more that unites than divides us. Yet every three years, we're...

Hug it out

The price of democracy in the Queenstown Lakes district is a $2 coin. Nearly three weeks after voting for the district's council closed, it took a judge, a vote recount and the toss of a coin last Thursday to decide...
We're privileged to live in an exceptional place, surrounded by people of an extraordinary community. But we also live inside an economy built historically at the expense of our people, on exploitation of our place and without awareness of...
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