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Your money, your community, your future - have your say

13 March 2018

Take part in local democracy by giving us feedback on our proposed Long Term Plan for the next 10 years. "Whether or not you agree or disagree about any of our projects and expenses in the plan - let us know what you think," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

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Our Council today adopted the Consultation Document for the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP). Public consultation on the LTP opens on Friday 16 March and closes on Monday 16 April.

The LTP sets out project and spending priorities for the next 10 years and includes information on our financial position and the assumptions underlying the proposals.

The Consultation Document is your guide to the proposed LTP - it contains details including costs, timeframes and rating implications.

It can be found on our LTP landing page on our website at along with supporting documentation such as our infrastructure and financial strategies. Hard copies will also be available at our offices and libraries.

On our LTP web page you'll also find information on how to submit feedback.

We have a full schedule of meetings (below) where you can talk to elected members and staff about the LTP.

"It's important people take time to consider our proposals and let us know what they think and whether they support them or not," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

"The feedback we receive will be discussed around the Council table by elected members so that we can fine tune the LTP," our Mayor says.

"We need to hear from you so we know what your priorities are," says Mayor Sandra. "It's your money, your community, your future."

People who wish to present in person to the Mayor and Councilors about their submission will have a chance at hearings in early May.

The final plan will then be adopted at a Council meeting in June before it takes effect at the beginning of the 2018/19 financial year on 1 July.

For the first year of this LTP (2018/19) we are looking at an average 5.17% total rates increase across the district. Over the 10 years of the plan, the average annual total rates increase is 2.85%. These averages hide a lot of variation for each ratepayer, so to see how your rates compare for the first year of the LTP go to the rates comparison tool at

In our LTP Consultation Document you'll find more information on:

  • Proposals for a new sub-regional aquatic facility, sealing the Wentworth Valley Road in Whangamata, taking on maintenance of 24 Council roads, and more.
  • An overview of our Financial Strategy (how we pay for things), our Infrastructure Strategy (which plans for infrastructure over the next 30 years), the process we've been through for developing the Long Term Plan and some of our challenges in the near future.
  • Descriptions of major projects in each Community Board area.
  • Key investigation work we are undertaking in the next three years, including extending our water supply and wastewater services in Hahei, Wharekaho, and a number of areas around Thames.

Full details on all our proposals are available in the Consultation Document, which you can download from our website.

Public meetings

You can also talk to our elected members and staff at a number of public meetings around the district over the coming weeks:

  • Sat 17 March - 10am - Hahei Residents and Ratepayers Association - Hahei Hall
  • Sat 17 March - 3pm - Whangamata community - Whangamata Hall
  • Mon 19 March - 5:30pm - Thames High School - Thames High School Library
  • Tues 20 March - 5:30pm - Thames Business Group - Thames Civic Centre
  • Sat 24 March - 8:00am - Thames Market
  • Sun 25 March - 4:00pm - Thames - T3 - War Memorial Civic Centre
  • Sat 31 March - 8:00am - Coromandel Market
  • Sat 31 March - 8:30am - Whitianga Market
  • Sat 31 March - 10:30am - Tairua Residents and Ratepayers Association - Tairua Area School
  • Sun 1 April - 3:00pm - Kuaotunu Residents and Ratepayers Association - Kuaotunu Hall
  • Sun 1 April - 9:00am - Whangamata Market
  • Sun 1 April - 9:00am - Coroglen Market
  • Thurs 5 April - 5:30pm - Mercury Bay community - Mercury Bay Boating Club, Whitianga