Vision for Otago

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ORC is our region’s lead organisation for environmental management. We set environmental policies and rules to protect Otago’s water, land and air. We also respond to pollution events and take a lead role in pest management. We have an active role in minimising risks from natural hazards, making sure you’re safe when on the water along our coast and on our lakes and rivers, and we provide public transport in Dunedin and Queenstown. We also provide support to community groups for environmental enhancement.

Earlier this year, we invited the community to tell us what they wanted for our region. We used this information to work with our councillors and came up with vision statements for Otago to inform what ORC should deliver as a regional council. Now we want your feedback – have we got it right and is there anything we missed?

These vision statements are an important part of our ten-year planning process (Long-term plan, or LTP) because when we know what you want Otago to be like, we can plan better to deliver it.

Once we have your input on what your vision for Otago is, we will develop up work programmes, performance targets and projected budgets. You’ll have another chance early next year to have your say on the details of our proposed ten-year work plan before it gets approved by our councillors.


Help us set the right vision for our region, because when we know your vision for Otago, we can plan better to make it happen.

Survey closes 5pm, 6 July 2020



ORC is our region’s lead organisation for environmental management. We set environmental policies and rules to protect Otago’s water, land and air. We also respond to pollution events and take a lead role in pest management. We have an active role in minimising risks from natural hazards, making sure you’re safe when on the water along our coast and on our lakes and rivers, and we provide public transport in Dunedin and Queenstown. We also provide support to community groups for environmental enhancement.

Earlier this year, we invited the community to tell us what they wanted for our region. We used this information to work with our councillors and came up with vision statements for Otago to inform what ORC should deliver as a regional council. Now we want your feedback – have we got it right and is there anything we missed?

These vision statements are an important part of our ten-year planning process (Long-term plan, or LTP) because when we know what you want Otago to be like, we can plan better to deliver it.

Once we have your input on what your vision for Otago is, we will develop up work programmes, performance targets and projected budgets. You’ll have another chance early next year to have your say on the details of our proposed ten-year work plan before it gets approved by our councillors.


Help us set the right vision for our region, because when we know your vision for Otago, we can plan better to make it happen.

Survey closes 5pm, 6 July 2020



  • Vision statements for Otago

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    After discussing this with our Councillors, the following statements were formed to start the conversation with you to develop a joint vision for Otago. We want to hear from you to find out if you agree or if there is anything we have missed.

    Vision for Otago:

    • Communities that connect with Otago’s environment
      • Otago’s people are included in decisions made about the environment, and feel empowered to act for the environment, through a community group, or by themselves.
      • Our natural world and how we care for it contributes to how Otago’s communities connect.
      • All residents and visitors in Otago have access to nature, and to Otago’s outstanding rivers and lakes, be it for fishing, swimming, boating, for Kāi Tahu customary uses or for irrigation.


    • An environment that supports healthy people and ecosystems
      • The mauri of Otago's natural environment is restored. The air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat are all healthy and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our people.
      • Beyond us as people, all ecosystems depend on, and are part of, the environment.
      • Otago’s ecosystems are diverse, healthy and resilient, and we protect and restore our threatened and indigenous species and ecosystems.


    • Communities that are resilient in the face of natural hazards and climate change
      • Our communities are aware of climate change and are adapting to its effects on the region.
      • Otago communities, like most of New Zealand, are exposed to the possibility of a wide range of natural hazards: floods, droughts, earthquakes and landslides. Vulnerability to those risks is reduced by building in low risk areas or designing buildings and infrastructure to cater for these risks.
      • Resilient communities have planned for and are prepared for emergency events, and are not caught short should they happen.


    • A sustainable way of life for everyone in Otago
      • Otago’s people enjoy quality of life, and make sustainable choices, so that future generations can also enjoy a healthy environment.
      • As a community, we deal with waste effectively, and adopt environmental practices that are “best practice” and sustainable.
      • Our cities are built to accommodate our sustainable choices and our industries and economy are sustainable and viable for the long term.
      • We all play our part in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions throughout our region.


    • Otago mana whenua have a strong voice in shaping Otago
      • Kāi Tahu are the tangata whenua of and have mana whenua authority over this region, through whakapapa, culture and tradition, and longstanding use and management of the land and its resources from before other people arrived in the land.
      • Kāi Tahu are kaitiaki (guardians) over the natural resources in Otago. Their kaitiaki responsibility is an expression of rakatirataka, and one of their responsibilities as mana whenua. This role is reliant on mātauranga tuku iho (traditional knowledge and understanding) to care for natural resources and leave them in a better state for generations to come, as reflected in the tribal whakataukī “Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei” (“For us and our children after us”).
      • As mana whenua, Kāi Tahu play an important role in shaping the region’s future.


    • Sustainable, safe and inclusive transport
      • People travel safely in Otago, on land and on water. They have a choice in how they travel, whether it is on foot, on a bike or scooter, in a bus or in a car.
      • Public transport is accessible, and offers a sustainable, safe and inclusive means of transport.


    Help us set the right vision for our region, because when we know your vision for Otago, we can plan better to make it happen. Take the survey and let us know your thoughts.


    After discussing this with our Councillors, the following statements were formed to start the conversation with you to develop a joint vision for Otago. We want to hear from you to find out if you agree or if there is anything we have missed.

    Vision for Otago:

    • Communities that connect with Otago’s environment
      • Otago’s people are included in decisions made about the environment, and feel empowered to act for the environment, through a community group, or by themselves.
      • Our natural world and how we care for it contributes to how Otago’s communities connect.
      • All residents and visitors in Otago have access to nature, and to Otago’s outstanding rivers and lakes, be it for fishing, swimming, boating, for Kāi Tahu customary uses or for irrigation.


    • An environment that supports healthy people and ecosystems
      • The mauri of Otago's natural environment is restored. The air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat are all healthy and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our people.
      • Beyond us as people, all ecosystems depend on, and are part of, the environment.
      • Otago’s ecosystems are diverse, healthy and resilient, and we protect and restore our threatened and indigenous species and ecosystems.


    • Communities that are resilient in the face of natural hazards and climate change
      • Our communities are aware of climate change and are adapting to its effects on the region.
      • Otago communities, like most of New Zealand, are exposed to the possibility of a wide range of natural hazards: floods, droughts, earthquakes and landslides. Vulnerability to those risks is reduced by building in low risk areas or designing buildings and infrastructure to cater for these risks.
      • Resilient communities have planned for and are prepared for emergency events, and are not caught short should they happen.


    • A sustainable way of life for everyone in Otago
      • Otago’s people enjoy quality of life, and make sustainable choices, so that future generations can also enjoy a healthy environment.
      • As a community, we deal with waste effectively, and adopt environmental practices that are “best practice” and sustainable.
      • Our cities are built to accommodate our sustainable choices and our industries and economy are sustainable and viable for the long term.
      • We all play our part in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions throughout our region.


    • Otago mana whenua have a strong voice in shaping Otago
      • Kāi Tahu are the tangata whenua of and have mana whenua authority over this region, through whakapapa, culture and tradition, and longstanding use and management of the land and its resources from before other people arrived in the land.
      • Kāi Tahu are kaitiaki (guardians) over the natural resources in Otago. Their kaitiaki responsibility is an expression of rakatirataka, and one of their responsibilities as mana whenua. This role is reliant on mātauranga tuku iho (traditional knowledge and understanding) to care for natural resources and leave them in a better state for generations to come, as reflected in the tribal whakataukī “Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei” (“For us and our children after us”).
      • As mana whenua, Kāi Tahu play an important role in shaping the region’s future.


    • Sustainable, safe and inclusive transport
      • People travel safely in Otago, on land and on water. They have a choice in how they travel, whether it is on foot, on a bike or scooter, in a bus or in a car.
      • Public transport is accessible, and offers a sustainable, safe and inclusive means of transport.


    Help us set the right vision for our region, because when we know your vision for Otago, we can plan better to make it happen. Take the survey and let us know your thoughts.