Author Archives: alexaforbes

About alexaforbes

My work is about acting now for a better future. I am very interested in exponential tech and exponential environmental impacts and have completed research in this area. I work towards positive societal and economic change through facilitating Leadership for Change programmes at CapableNZ and also as an elected representative for the Dunstan Ward of Otago Regional Council. At Scope Media I provide mentor-ship and strategic governance advice. Prior to these roles, I worked for many years as a communicator - as a journalist and later as director of a PR company.

Annual plan, your views on how we spend your money

Super important ORC meeting Wednesday 12th May. Join us https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC77y56iqIzQYFTyLKUHzQXg Continue reading

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It’s all about the wai – again

Super important ORC meeting Wednesday 12th May. Join us https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC77y56iqIzQYFTyLKUHzQXg Continue reading

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Another letter, calling time on ORC

The drums are now beating for ORC itself with Fish & Game at least ready to fire the council and bring in commissoners. Continue reading

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The letter, should plans be delayed?

Trying to sort out water planning has blasted open a division between the elected members of the council culminating on March 25 in a surprise letter from 7 councillors being sent to the chair and the other councillors before being released in media on the morning of the 26th. Continue reading

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Water everywhere – councillor update #3

This update is all about water and what’s happened since Minister David Parker and Judge Peter Skelton put a metaphorical bomb under ORC’s water planning processes. If you’re new to this, you’ll find the information – a press release, the … Continue reading

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Wind down report – councillor update #2

Before things wind down (or up) for Christmas, and in the spirit of openness and transparency, I’ve detailed below my activities over the past month or so. It’s a broad outline of some of the issues that we are facing … Continue reading

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ORC councillor update #1

My first weeks on the Otago Regional Council (ORC) have been an intense learning curve.  As the first Queenstown based councillor on the council, there’s a backlog of Queenstown issues that have landed in my inbox.  I’m working through them … Continue reading

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It’s time to vote

Voting for regional rouncil is super important.  It is where the government’s broad national policy statements such as for freshwater, transport, urban development, soil quality and others, are managed.  Regional councils are responsible for the integrated management of the natural and … Continue reading

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Queenstown Airport Corporation Statement of Intent – the clock is ticking

Photo credit: Crux.org There is no time to lose. Queenstown airport is within 3 years (depending on tourism slowdown) of reaching its noise boundaries.  The Queenstown community has unequivocally said NO to any expansion of those boundaries. Wanaka appears similarly … Continue reading

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Talking about restoring Lake Hayes – a model for the district?

Photo credit:  Destination Queenstown  Lake Hayes in Autumn Otago Regional Council (ORC) Dunstan ward candidates Alexa Forbes and Richard Bowman have worked together to provide you with this look at the Lake Hayes restoration plan.  The pair have separate interests in … Continue reading

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