Have your say
By getting involved and having your say we can work together to shape the future of our community. We believe in 'year-round' consultation and feedback and there are loads of ways you can have your say:
You can come to Council and Committee meetings and speak during the public forum. Check out our Meeting Calendar page for meeting dates and times and you can keep up to date with what's been happening at meetings by reading Agendas and Minutes.
You can write us a letter, phone or email us or make an appointment to see the Mayor or a Council Officer - Contact Us.
You can vote or stand as a candidate in Local Elections. You can Like/Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn. You can request service or report a problem online.
You can also make a formal submission on any plans, policies, or bylaws that are currently out for public consultation. Sometimes we will also ask for feedback on matters not related to the formal consultation process.
Open for Consultation
The Proposed Opotiki District Plan was publicly notified on 20 September 2016. The period for submissions closed on 18 November 2016. A total of 60 submissions was received, including 2 late submissions.
We now advise the availability of the summary of decisions requested and call for submissions on the decisions requested.
Full details of the Proposed District Plan including links to Submissions, decisions requested, the proposed plan and the Further Submission form can be found here: Proposed Opotiki District Plan
In 2016 central government made changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990. The key changes include:
- Councils can now create local policies to allow shop trading across their entire district or in limited areas of the district on Easter Sunday.
- All shop employees have the legal ability to refuse to work on Easter Sunday without providing a reason to their employer.
Opotiki District Council has developed a draft Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy and is seeking your views. The ‘statement of proposal’ sets out our draft policy and why we are proposing it. It also sets out how you can have your say.
Viewing the proposal
A hardcopy of the Statement of Proposal can be viewed at Council offices at 108 St John Street, Opotiki or you can view a copy online here: Draft Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy 2017 (PDF, 304KB).
The consultation period
The consultation period opens 9.00am Thursday 9 February 2017.
Submissions need to be received by 4.30pm Friday 10 March 2017.
Those wishing to speak to their submissions can do so at a hearings meeting to be held in Opotiki on Monday 13 March.
How to make a submission
Submissions can be made in writing and can be returned:
By hand to Opotiki District Office at 108 St John St, Opotiki
By post to PO Box 44, Opotiki 3162
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can complete a submission using the online form below.
Submission can also be made verbally:
- book in to present your views at the hearing in Opotiki on Monday 13 March 2017 (contact us to book it in by phone or in person – or tick the box on the online/written submission form. Council staff will contact you closer to the date of the hearing to arrange a time for you to speak)
- speak with a staff member of the strategic planning team and they can assist you to draft your verbal feedback into a written submission.
Privacy Act Note:
Please be aware, when providing personal information, that all written submissions are part of the public consultation process and as such may be reproduced and included in Council public documents, such as Council agendas and minutes. These documents are available to the public both in hardcopy and in electronic form (including on the Council’s website).