The Local Government Act 2002
endeavours to strengthen local democracy and ensure the ongoing
well-being of communities. It is designed to make it easier for all
people to have a say in how their district develops and it ensures
that the powers that be are listening.
What is a
The Community Outcomes were created by the people of Ōpōtiki
District with the help of Ōpōtiki District Council. There are
seven clear goals that when combined, create a picture of how we,
the community, want our district to be in the year 2022 and
beyond. Our outcomes embrace all aspects of life in Ōpōtiki
District - social, environmental, cultural and economic issues have
been discussed and considered by all those who contribute to the
wellbeing of our district. They create a picture of what we
are aiming for, an idea of how we will achieve it, and a plan for
measuring our progress.
Several years ago a series of meetings were held throughout the
district and a postal survey to collect all the thoughts and ideas
of people in our communities. We also joined forces with
Kawerau, Whakatane and Bay of Plenty Regional Council to collect
thoughts from the wider Eastern Bay of Plenty and we worked with
government agencies, iwi and community groups to develop our plan
for the future.
As a community we considered the four well-being areas which are
defined by the Local Government Act as social, cultural, economic
We found that generally, people had similar levels of interest
in all four wellbeing areas. They wanted to know that
the culture would be preserved through sport, art, historic
preservation, cultural interchange and acknowledgment of the
community spirit. They wanted to see the economy develop and
supported initiatives that increased employment, training, spending
and investment in the district and they expressed concern for the
preservation and enhancement of the district, national and global
The social well-being of the district is of great concern to most
residents. People wanted to see strong families, active and
involved young people, the elderly happy and well cared for and
improvements in basic facilities for such things as health,
education and community amenities.
Ōpōtiki District Council gathered the community comment and
endeavoured to encapsulate the wishes of the community in seven
draft community outcomes. These were then amended, approved
and prioritised by district survey.
If we are to keep up a steady pace toward our goals, we need to
keep track of our progress. Some of the ways we measure our
progress are listed under each outcome. More methods will
become clear as we continue to work together to achieve the same
There are a number of measurement methods already available to
us. Government agencies can provide data and statistics on a
wide range of issues; and Council also measures various aspects of
the district through meetings, focus groups, resident surveys and
activity monitoring. Statistics New Zealand is able to
provide vital information from the five yearly census.
We will continue to look for new measurement methods and are
working with other agencies and authorities in the Bay of Plenty to
develop a monitoring plan that will help keep us on track to
creating a future that we have designed.
The first monitoring report was produced in June 2008 using
facts and figures gathered by the regional monitoring group and
feedback from a community survey.
The results of the community survey undertaken in 2011, show
that most people agree that progress is being made towards
achieving the community outcomes.
In 2012 Community aspirations have not changed but the economic
climate has as a result of the global financial crises and
earthquake in Christchurch. While council is adopting these
long standing community outcomes for the 2012 - 2022 LTP its focus
will be on providing core infrastructure.
and protection of the natural environment
facilities meet our needs
Fair and efficient
A strong and
distinctive community spirit
and learning opportunities
Development supports the
History and culture is
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