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.
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 that the period for receiving further submissions on the decisions requested has now closed.
Full details of the Proposed District Plan including links to submissions and decisions requested can be found on our Proposed Opotiki District Plan page.
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 recently sought your views. The ‘statement of proposal’ set out our draft policy and why we proposed it. The submission period closed Friday 10 March 2017. Thank you for having your say. Council will now hold a hearings meeting on Monday 13 March 2017.