Te Manahuna Ki Uta - Destination Mackenzie

Beca engaged to lead Te Manahuna Ki Uta/Destination Mackenzie Project.

Mackenzie District Council has approved the appointment of a consortium, led by design and engineering consultancy Beca, to lead work on the Te Manahuna Ki Uta/Destination Mackenzie Project.

Te Manahuna Ki Uta/Destination Mackenzie is a multi-partner strategic planning process for the Mackenzie District led by Mackenzie District Council. Co-design with our Treaty Partner is a crucial element of the project and all work will be informed by mana whenua values and aspirations.

Proposals were invited via the All of Government Tendering Service (GETS). Qualifying submissions were evaluated by a panel with representatives from Mackenzie District Council; Te Manahuna Papatipu Rūnanga; the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE); Land Information New Zealand; the Department of Conservation (DOC); Waka Kotahi (NZTA) and the Mackenzie Development Group (representing local businesses).

Suzette van Aswegen, CEO of Mackenzie District Council, said "This is a significant project milestone to reach and we look forward to working with Beca and the wider team on this important initiative. It will provide invaluable information that will help us work with our project partners to protect the local environment and our communities while allowing for appropriate, sustainable growth in the Mackenzie District".

Tony Shaw, Independent Chair of the Project Governance Group, said "This project was initiated by the Mackenzie Development Group with an original focus just on the Tekapo area, but quickly grew when it was recognised that it needed to include the greater Mackenzie District area. We also recognised the need to fully involve Te Manahuna Papatipu Rūnanga in the process to ensure that the Destination Management Plan properly represented everyone within this iconic part of New Zealand. While it has taken some time to get here, the huge amount of work by the Mackenzie District Council and the Working Group has brought us to the point where we can appoint a consultant to manage the project. I am confident that the final Plan will form the blueprint for the future of the Mackenzie District and its surrounds."

The project will develop a Destination Management Plan for the Te Manahuna/Mackenzie District as part of a wider tourism journey that includes Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, the upper Waitaki Valley and the Lindis Pass.

A Destination Management plan provides a coordinated approach to the management of all the aspects that contribute to a visitor's experience, including residents, business and industry and Iwi, and aims to create a sustainable and resilient tourism eco-system for the benefit of the local community.

The Plan will incorporate a vision for the next one hundred years, a planning horizon of 30-50 years, and has been funded by a grant of $711,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund (MBIE) for destination planning in collaboration with DOC.

There will be multiple opportunities for the community and stakeholders to provide input into the project, and in doing so, help shape the future of the Mackenzie District. More information on the process will be provided in the coming weeks and the project team aim to have a draft report for release in early 2021. Updates on project milestones will be provided as work progresses.

Further information and supporting documents can be found here.

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