​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 on this website​.

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

You can 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:

Ōpōtiki town centre revitalisation project​​

Help us create a vibrant area that reflects the past, present and future communities.

We'd like your input into the development of a structure plan and design guidelines to help shape how we want the Ōpōtiki ​town centre to look. ​

A structure plan is a way of bringing together various pieces of information like current and future land uses and infrastructure to ensure a co-ordinated 'way forward' for the town centre. 

The design guidelines will focus on things that contribute to the look, form and nature of buildings and business advertising signage. 

This is a chance for the community to create a built environment that is more than a physical space, it is an expression of identity.  There will be an emphasis in both documents on the practicality of ideas and cost for both Council and building owners and Council will be seeking ideas from the community until the end of 2019. 

We will be collecting your views and ideas in a variety of ways – you will be welcome to come to one of our meetings, there will be a chance to provide feedback on Facebook, fill out a hardcopy feedback form or use the online form on the project page. You can also discuss the project directly with Sue Robb, Policy Planner on 07 315 3030.

Full details on this project are on our Ōpōtiki town centre revitalisation project page​.

Earthquke-prone buildings and consultaton ​on thoroughfares

A national system for identifying, assessing and managing earthquake-prine 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.​

Ōpōtiki District is categorised as a high seismic risk area. This means that Council must identify 'priority' buildings within 2.5 years and other potentially earthquake-prone buildings with 5 years. Affected building owners will be contacted by Council and must strengthen or demolish 'priority' buildings with 7.5 years and other earthquake-prone buildings with 15 years.

Priority buildings are certain types of buildings that are considered to present a higher risk to life or other property because of their construction, type, use or location. 

Council requires public input to determine which other buildings may be 'priority' buildings. We must identify:

Thoroughfares with sufficient vehicle or pedestrian traffic to warrant prioritising the identification of certain unreinforced masonry buildings and parts, if part of a building were to fall on to them in an earthquake.

Council has identified a number of roads, footpaths or other thoroughfares to be prioritised. These are listed in the full Statement of Proposal – Earthquake-prone buildings and consultation on thoroughfares. 

Council seeks views on whether the thoroughfares we have identified warrant prioritisation and whether there are any other thoroughfares that should be included. Public views on the acceptable level of risk, our buildings, and their uses will inform Council decision on which thoroughfares to identify.

Full details of the Statement of Proposal including consultation dates, ways you can have your say, a link to an online submission form and lists and a map of the thoroughfares Council has identified as 'priority' buildings can be found on our Earthquake-prone buildings and consultation on thoroughfares page​.

Dangerous and Insanitary Building Policy 2019

A review of the Ōpōtiki District Council Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy has been conducted as required by section 132(4) of the Building Act. Proposed amendments are outlined in a draft statement of proposal for the Ōpōtiki District Council Dangerous and Insanitary Building Policy 2019. ​

The 2019 review has taken into account legislative amendments, organisational name changes and the views of Council.

In reviewing the policy, Council approach has moved towards managing dangerous and insanitary buildings in a way that no longer gives the same consideration around the broader social and economic issuing affecting the community. Instead the focus has changed on taking the relevant action to ensure buildings that are concerned to be of a dangerous or insantitory nature are brought back up to the required standard.

Council would like to know if you agree with the approach in the reviewed policy and if not, which aspects you disagree with and why? We'd also like to know if you think there are policy aspects that have not been included. 

Full details of the Statement of Proposal including consultation dates, ways you can have your say and a link to an online submission form can be found on our Dangerous and Insanitary Building Policy 2019 consultation page​.

​​Recent consultation:

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 will be provided to Council at a future full meeting of Council.

Visit the ​Ōpōtiki Library redevelopment​​ consultation page for full information on the options including costs, impact to rates and debt levels, advantages and disadvantages and what any changes to levels of service would be that we provided to the community during the feedback period.​

2019/20 Annual Plan

We released an information document on the 2019-20 Annual Plan Your assets, your community, your future – our plan in action.  The document showed what rates are expected to be and told how we plan to progress our major projects for the 2019-20 year.​

As there were no major changes to the programme and levels of service we set out in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan we didn't need to undertake a special consultative process. Council were still keen to receive feedback though. The feedback received will be considered when making decisions on future plans.

The 2019/20 Annual Plan was adopted at an Extra Ordinary Meeting of Council​ on 28 June 2019.​​

Bridge renaming Rahui Valley Toatoa​

After a request from local hapu, Council has resolved to rename four bridges located in Rāhui valley along Toatoa Road which was subject to feedback from the community. Renaming them will assign relevance to the area and hapu.

A list of the bridges with the current and recommend names can be viewed on the original media release: Bridge renaming Rahui Valley, Toatoa news item​​.​

Educational Smokefree Outdoor Spaces Policy

Council has reviewed its Educational Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces Policy. Changes are proposed, including expanding areas that are listed as smokefree. We have taken public feedback and will soon present this to Council for their consideration before the policy becomes final.

You can view a copy of the final adopted policy here: Educational Smokefree Outdoor Spaces Policy​​ (PDF, 81KB).

Opotiki District Council 2018-2028 Long Term Plan

Our current LTP went out for public consultation on 25 April 2018 and after receiving submissions and holding a hearings meeting on 12 June the final 2018-2028 LTP was adopted at an Extra Ordinary Council meeting on 30 June 2018. Click here to view a copy of the Opotiki District Council 2018-2028 Long Term Plan​ (PDF, 5MB)

Opotiki District Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018

Our current Opotiki District Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018 went out for public consultation on 25 April 2018 and after receiving submissions and holding a hearings meeting on 12 June the final plan was adopted at an Extra Ordinary Council meeting on 30 June 2018 at the same time as Council's 2028-2028 Long Term Plan. Click here to view a copy of the Opotiki District Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018​ (PDF, 802KB)​​

​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​.​​

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