For our future: working together for a sustainable Otago

Two children jumping into a lake.

Your suggestions help guide us on what your priorities are regarding Otago’s environment and public transport networks and feed into our planning process.


Your suggestions help guide us on what your priorities are regarding Otago’s environment and public transport networks and feed into our planning process.


  • ORC’s Priorities: Water

    6 months ago
    Water image

    Water is our number one priority – it’s our life source and people feel a strong connection with this precious resource.

    This year we’re starting to review our Water Plan, which will focus on maintaining or enhancing water quality and quantity. The plan will acknowledge the principle of Te Mana o te Wai, which recognises the health of:

    The Water Plan review will be done in stages, starting with rural communities. We will work with each community to understand their values, so we’re better placed to set objectives for good water.

    We can’t do this alone.

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    Water is our number one priority – it’s our life source and people feel a strong connection with this precious resource.

    This year we’re starting to review our Water Plan, which will focus on maintaining or enhancing water quality and quantity. The plan will acknowledge the principle of Te Mana o te Wai, which recognises the health of:

    The Water Plan review will be done in stages, starting with rural communities. We will work with each community to understand their values, so we’re better placed to set objectives for good water.

    We can’t do this alone.

    We need your insight to understand the values your community places on its waterways.

  • ORC’s Priorities: Building safe and resilient communities in the face of climate change

    6 months ago
    Building safe and resilient communities

    Climate change is here. It’s impacting our weather, our assets and our lifestyle. At ORC, we’re carrying out research to better understand what climate change might look like across Otago and what we can all do to prepare for it.

    We’re fast-tracking our work programme and this year we’re focusing on understanding climate change impacts on:


    How we, as a community, plan for climate change can make all the difference to our future.


    Climate change is here. It’s impacting our weather, our assets and our lifestyle. At ORC, we’re carrying out research to better understand what climate change might look like across Otago and what we can all do to prepare for it.

    We’re fast-tracking our work programme and this year we’re focusing on understanding climate change impacts on:


    How we, as a community, plan for climate change can make all the difference to our future.


  • ORC’s priorities: Urban development

    6 months ago

    Dunedin is experiencing medium population growth, and Queenstown Lakes is still seeing high numbers of people settling in the area.

    ORC has a responsibility to set policy and manage urban growth capacity. So, we’re making changes to our Regional Policy Statement this year, to give more direction and guidance on future development.

    Our requirement to minimise the impacts of development on our water quality is increasing, as is ensuring natural hazards and climate change are accounted for. We also need to plan for future congestion by having good public transport networks in place.

    We need to invest...

    Dunedin is experiencing medium population growth, and Queenstown Lakes is still seeing high numbers of people settling in the area.

    ORC has a responsibility to set policy and manage urban growth capacity. So, we’re making changes to our Regional Policy Statement this year, to give more direction and guidance on future development.

    Our requirement to minimise the impacts of development on our water quality is increasing, as is ensuring natural hazards and climate change are accounted for. We also need to plan for future congestion by having good public transport networks in place.

    We need to invest more in resourcing, so we can continue to plan for and advise on the impact of urban development in Otago.

    With growth comes new challenges and impacts, and we are committed to addressing them.


  • ORC’s Priorities: Biodiversity and biosecurity

    6 months ago

    Biodiversity in Otago is important for all of us. With so many native species and unique landscapes here in Otago, we all need to do our bit to look after them.

    Last year we developed and consulted with you on our Biodiversity Strategy for Otago. Part of this is managing pest plants and animals so our ecosystems can thrive.

    Our Pest Management Plan informs you about what you need to do to manage pests on your property and sets our compliance responsibilities. Pest management is a joint effort.

    ORC’s ECO Fund supports community-driven, environmental projects that protect...

    Biodiversity in Otago is important for all of us. With so many native species and unique landscapes here in Otago, we all need to do our bit to look after them.

    Last year we developed and consulted with you on our Biodiversity Strategy for Otago. Part of this is managing pest plants and animals so our ecosystems can thrive.

    Our Pest Management Plan informs you about what you need to do to manage pests on your property and sets our compliance responsibilities. Pest management is a joint effort.

    ORC’s ECO Fund supports community-driven, environmental projects that protect and enhance Otago’s environment. We support larger projects too, like Predator Free Dunedin, where we’re one year into a five-year funding programme to ensure their good work continues.

    A biodiverse environment is a resilient environment.