Consultation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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:

Speak during the public forum at a Council meeting. 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 on this website​.

Write us a letter, phone or email us, or make an appointment to see the Mayor or a Council Officer - Contact Us​.

Vote for, or stand as a candidate in Local Elections​.

Like/Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn

 Request service or report a problem​ online or through the Antenno app​.

Use our online form to make a request for Unbudgeted works or service​.

Use our General feedback form for anything at any time.

You can also make a formal submission on any plan​s, policies, or bylaws that are current​ly out for public consultation.  Sometimes we will also ask for feedback on matters not related to the formal consultation process.


Current consultation:

There are currently no projects open for consultation but you are welcome to send us your thoughts any time using any of the methods listed above.​ ​


​​Recent consultation:

Ōpōtiki town centre revitalisation project​​

​​​​​We want the Ōpōtiki town centre to be a vibrant area that reflects the past, present and future communities. 

At the Council meeting on 23 July 2019, Council agreed to start the revitalisation of the Ōpōtiki town centre after receiving community input from August to November 2019 which identified key themes that are unique to the character of the Ōpōtiki town centre. The themes then helped formulate the structure plan and guideline principles.  

The structure plan was adopted by Council on 30 June 2020. Council endorsed the recommendations set out in the Ōpōtiki Town Centre Structure Plan. 

​You can read more about the project, the next steps and view a copy of the Opotiki Town Centre Structure Plan Summary on our Ōpōtiki town centre revitalisation project page​.


2020-21 Annual Plan

We released an information document on the 2020/21 Annual Plan and sought feedback which was then presented to Council to be used in final decisions on the 2020/21 Annual Plan and to inform future planning. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

On 20 June 2020 Council adopted the Opotiki District Council 2020/21 Annual Plan​.​


Review of Ōpōtiki ​Reserve Management Plan

Council is reviewing the district's Reserve Management Plan.  The reserves include sportsfields, parks, Council managed natural areas and some council land, such as the area where our administration building is. 

The feedback period has now closed. Council will consider all submissions received at a hearings meeting on Monday 3 August 2020 before making final decisions.

Full details on this consultation can still be found on our Reserve Management Plan Review page​ along with a copy of the hearings meeting Schedule of Speakers and Copy of all Submissions.

Consultation for the reviewed Reserve Management Plan opened on Monday 9 December 2019 and closed on Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 4pm.


Ōpōtiki District Council Bylaws and Dog Control Policy 2019 Review

Council has reviewed the district's bylaws as required by the Local Government Act 2002. The Dog Control Policy has also been reviewed in accordance with section 10AA of the Dog Control Act 1996. 

The feedback period was from Monday 2 December 2019 to Friday 28 February 2020. Council considered all submissions received at a hearings meeting on Wednesday 24 June before making final decisions.

You can view a copy of the Hearing schedule and copy of submissions received on our Hearings page​.

A copy of the final adopted Opotiki District Council Consolidated Bylaws 2020 is available on our Bylaws page.

A copy of the final adopted Dog Control Policy is available on our Policies page​.


Earthquake-prone buildings and consultation ​on thoroughfares

A national system for identifying, assessing and managing earthquake-prone buildings came into effect on 1 July 2017. It targets buildings or parts of buildings that pose the greatest risk to public safety and other property in a moderate earthquake.​

Council must identify 'priority' buildings (those considered to present a higher risk to life or other property because of their construction, type, use or location) within 2.5 years and other potentially earthquake-prone buildings within 5 years. Affected building owners must strengthen or demolish 'priority' buildings with 7.5 years and other earthquake-prone buildings with 15 years.

During September and October 2019 Council:

  • consulted with the community on roads or laneways that could be considered 'thoroughfares with high pedestrian and vehicle traffic'
  • contacted organisations that own buildings used for emergency management and education purposes to ascertain whether the buildings have been assessed for being earthquake-prone.​

14 November 2019:

Council identified and adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 12 November 2019 (PDF, 7.3MB) the key thoroughfares.

Owners of potentially ‘priority’ earthquake-prone buildings will now be notified that they are required to obtain a structural engineering assessment.

View the full Legislation targets building owners - action need now media release.​

View the full Earthquake-prone Buildings Project page on this website.


Dangerous and Insanitary Building Policy 2019

A review of the Ōpōtiki District Council Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy was conducted as required by section 132(4) of the Building Act. The 2019 review took account of legislative amendments, organisational name changes and the views of Council.​

Council ran a full special consultative procedure from 9 September to 18 October 2019 to seek submissions on the proposed changes to the policy and then adopted the final policy on 12 November 2019.

You can view a full copy of the Dangerous Affected and Insanitary Building Policy 2019 on our Policies page​.


Ōpōtiki Library redevelopment​

We want to progress our plans for Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi Technology and Research Centre. There are changes to how we would need to pay for it though, so we wanted to know if you still supported full scale redevelopment.

We provided three options for your feedback. All the responses received were provided to Council at a meeting on 5 September 2019 where Council decided to proceed with the full scale redevelopment.

Visit the ​Ōpōtiki Library redevelopment project page​ for full information.


​​Proposed District Plan​​

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 on this website​.​​

Page reviewed: 02 Sep 2020 3:17pm