Community - Get in touch, be involved

We are working with the Glenorchy and surrounding community, property owners, project partners and consultant experts to discuss the natural hazards issues, and possible future options for the area.

Over the years, we held community engagement sessions and plan to hold more follow-up sessions; as many as needed, with the community throughout each phase of the hazard adaptation process. These provide opportunities to discuss findings, and for ORC to listen to your feedback – we value your input.

You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter here. Feel free to contact ORC’s Natural Hazards team on 0800 474 082 or email us at This email will go to our Natural Hazards team, and we will provide responses to any emailed questions, and facilitate answers from our consultants if needed. 



Previous events

Head of Lake Whakatipu Natural Hazards Adaptation Community Workshop

Thursday, 31 August 2023 - 1pm or 6pm

Help shape a natural hazards adaptation plan for your community.

Now that there’s a common understanding of the natural hazards facing the Head of Lake Whakatipu, it’s time to get together again to continue shaping the direction of a Natural Hazards Adaptation Strategy.

Together with Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), the aim of this workshop is to build guiding principles which reflect community and mana whenua values and objectives, and to discuss possible natural hazard management and adaptation responses.

Come join us on Thursday, 31 August at Glenorchy Community Hall on Mull Street, Glenorchy – either at:

  • 1pm (with refreshments) or
  • 6pm (with a sausage sizzle)

Each workshop is two hours.


Presentation of report findings, June 2022

In an online meeting on 2 June 2022, ORC and consultants presented their findings of the work they carried out that investigated the flooding and liquefaction hazards in Glenorchy Township. The consultants shared their findings and answered questions from the public.


Intro to the project - Dr Jean-Luc Payan, Manager Natural Hazards   

Liquefaction hazards - Dr Sjoerd van Ballegooy, Tonkin + Taylor Ltd   

Flood hazards - Matthew Gardner, Land River Sea Consulting Ltd   

The meeting was recorded and is available below. You can read the reports here, and the presentation slides.



2020-2021 events

Session one: What is happening now, and how does this affect you?

Friday 4 December 2020, 2pm to 7pm, Glenorchy Hall

A discussion on the natural hazard events the community is exposed to, and how these events have impacted the community in the past. An opportunity to discuss the natural hazards of the area with ORC and QLDC representatives, and experts from Tonkin + Taylor.

We have sought stories about the local residents’ natural hazards experiences, their concerns, and what they value about living in this area.


Session two: What could happen in the future, and what might we do?

Thursday 8 April 2021, 2pm to 7pm, Glenorchy Hall

A discussion on what could happen to the physical environment of the Head of Lake Wakatipu area in the future, and what we might do. This was the second community discussion event aimed at developing a natural hazards adaptation plan for the Head of Lake Wakatipu area in the face of its changing environment. We talked about how river and delta changes and expected impacts of climate change might alter the natural hazards of the area. We had discussions with members of the local community about different adaptation approaches, and what these mean to the local residents.

This discussion session was followed by a public presentation by Professor James Brasington about fluvial hazards at the top of the lake.


Presentations and other resources



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