Council decides what to consult on

Tauranga City Council has decided what topics they will seek public feedback on for the Long Term Plan. File photo.

The proposed museum and library will be among the topics up for debate when Tauranga City Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028 goes out for public consultation in March.

Mayor Greg Brownless says the consultation topics reflect the council’s aspiration for Tauranga to be a great city, with a higher standard of living for all.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work to decide how best to deliver a city that strikes the right balance of economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing.

“The topics up for community consultation later this year reflect how we can achieve this, but we can’t do our LTP planning alone. It’s only by turning to our community that we decide what to prioritise and what is in the best interests of our city.”

He says the formal LTP 2018-2028 consultation will run from March 16 to April 16.

“This is when you will see what has been proposed in the consultation document and the detail that supports it.”

The topics that would be included in the LTP 2018-2028 consultation document are: 

  •   •  Rating structure

  •   •  City centre investment – museum and library

  •   •  Transport network

  •   •  Rates-funded kerbside waste and recycling collections

  •   •  Tsunami alerting

  •   •  Elder housing

  •   •  Tourism Bay of Plenty annual funding 

“We’ll be providing much more detail about each of these topics as the consultation period approaches, so please have a think about what’s important to you and keep an eye out for more information,” says Greg.

The draft Long Term Plan outlines the council’s proposed strategy and plan for the next decade and beyond. It outlines how these strategies and plans are proposed to be funded up to 10 years ahead, and in detail for the first three years.

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@ nerak

Posted on 27-01-2018 10:57 | By MISS ADVENTURE

NEVER... they are as always in complete denial from the day the ballot box opens until they have to crawl out into the light again 3 years later.

Loose Larry

Posted on 26-01-2018 18:55 | By Accountable

Larry Baldocks recent statement in the papers saying he and the Council will push the museum through this time is proof that the decisions have been made well before the submissions have been organised. Why asked everybody to make an effort to submit and then completely ignore the results? He in particular as well as most of his colleagues have forgotten the meaning of democracy and good Christian honesty no longer exists within the Council chambers.

Which is it

Posted on 24-01-2018 21:49 | By Sg1nz

Miss A first claims that the councillors don’t know what they are approving - wrong since they approve each budget line by line, like all councils do.Then she claims that the councillors have already made up their minds? So which is it.

It may well be an opportune moment

Posted on 24-01-2018 06:25 | By nerak

for certain councillors to recall their ?promises to the ratepayers pre election. As your pockets are lined by the ratepayers, why not take a novel approach to your position, and serve them, instead of yourselves? I say ’certain’, because I do believe their are a small number of councillors who actually listen to the ratepayers, and try very hard to act on what they hear - a small number. Barrow pushing is never a good look.


Posted on 24-01-2018 01:00 | By MISS ADVENTURE

What you can be assured of is that the stuff that does not matter and is already decidesd will be pushed to the front and the important stuff will be hidden even from Councillors who will not even know that they never saw it or never heard of it even.

@ backofthequeue

Posted on 24-01-2018 00:58 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Now isnt that the truth of it, of course many elevate themselves to lofty heights beyond their station ... and the air is way to thin. The effects are inevitable, the brain becomes befuddled and in comparison mashed potatoes would be much more solid and reliable than instead resides at the top floor-cranial cavity. If only Polli-tics was honest, then honest people could get voted in.

@ old trucker

Posted on 24-01-2018 00:54 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Much appreciated.

@ AndyCap

Posted on 24-01-2018 00:53 | By MISS ADVENTURE

When you live in a mirrored tower of shinny proportions you get a very tainted view of the world. None have ventured out so the ideas all seem wonderful on paper, then adding colour for the wow factor. They all swallowe the pill and believe... Sadly when the schemes see the light of dey they fade away and all that is left is the pile of bills.

@ Murray.Guy

Posted on 24-01-2018 00:49 | By MISS ADVENTURE

That would be logical of course, however that does not fit with the objectives of the organisation for screening, directing and controlling all via the elected puppets.


Posted on 23-01-2018 19:26 | By Capt_Kaveman

at its best playing with stuff that has no concern to them and just waste peoples time, why do people vote in the same type of people on every election


Posted on 23-01-2018 19:14 | By phoenix

Exactly the same scenario for the western bay of plenty district council. Promises made at election time fly out the window as council does what it wants.Irrespective of good sound rate-payer input at the so-called consultation period.

Consult, consult , consult

Posted on 23-01-2018 16:47 | By backofthequeue

And when you’re done consulting then consult some more. Little wonder this council is stuck in neutral while the city continues to grow exponentially. It is disappointing as a voter to see elected officials completely ignore the policy platforms they stood for as they strive to outdo each other in creating monuments to themselves. Shameful is too polite a word.

Agree with Brenda...

Posted on 23-01-2018 16:00 | By AndyCap

Tauranga’s "lifestyle" appeal is fading fast!!! Tauranga City Council is to blame for much of this, and yet they continue to think that they are actually making a positive difference. Networking, consulting, collaboration.... the words flow like sweet candy but what has been achieved over the last decade. Tauranga continues to boast about "growth" but the downward slide continues.


Posted on 23-01-2018 15:36 | By old trucker

you are AWESOME and 110 percent dead right,they have the answers already,and like Martin Parkes the 2 new roundabouts on otomoetai rd was started 7 days before it was put in the paper, this would have cost a lot of money for plans etc, they do what they want and waste money and will not listen to us as we are little people and they think they are God, TCCneeds tipping upside down and shake all the dead wood out,(BUT) they would be like large SUCKERS clinging to the side of the bin holding on for dear life to stay as its a CUSHY job, they would not know out in the real world, my thoughts only on this subject, and thankyou MISS ADVENTURE for your comments, as well as SUNLIVE who WON BEST NEWS AND WON the same, AWESOME,Thankyou, 10-4 out. phew.

spend spend

Posted on 23-01-2018 15:34 | By dumbkof2

council knows best what to spend your money on. things that we dont need or want

Rates and Rubbish

Posted on 23-01-2018 14:43 | By Terence

Sort out the rates structure and the high cost of rubbish collection and something will be achieved these should be priorities for any Council.

Talk and more talk!

Posted on 23-01-2018 14:21 | By Brenda-cyclemax

We moved to Tauranga 11 years ago when it was a great place to raise a family. Over years past, the town centre has become almost unusable, there is less vibrancy activitiesorattractions to enjoy, the environment has become dirty and polluted in places, the roading network is a disaster, parking almost anywhere is near impossible and homes are utterly unaffordable, so as our kids grow up there are fewer opportunities and little reason for them to stay. And so the list goes on. Tauranga is just one big retirement village run by a collaboration of baby boomers rubbing each others backs and a council (and its collection of organisations) that have been asleep at the wheel for a long time. The so-called lifestyle is fast becoming only for the select that have the time and money to enjoy it. Im sure Ill get blasted for sayingmy piece buthere itis.

Referendum please

Posted on 23-01-2018 13:52 | By Murray.Guy

Multi focus referendum please in tandem with the bi election. And please Council, surely residents can share their thoughts on any aspect of the plan.

You would know missy,

Posted on 23-01-2018 13:07 | By R. Bell

being Tauranga’s leading user of it.

Oh Yeah

Posted on 23-01-2018 12:43 | By rastus

Just a continuation of the very system that they grab power from - consult the people - take not a blind bit of notice of what the people may say and then proceed as planned feeling very superior that we have done the right thing - central Government gave all these local bodies the ideal way of doing what they want to do, while at the same time convincing themselves that they have been 100% democratic - you wait and see if you don’t believe my obvious cynicism

Public Consultation....yeah, right.

Posted on 23-01-2018 12:30 | By Bruja

Council will do what they always do. They do the ’pc consultation’ 100% and then they igore the public 100%. It’s an expensive farce. It’s like with ’Elder Housing’. Even a dead dog knows that there is a MASSIVE need for HEAPS more of it right NOW but there’s lengthy, expensive charade going on currently as the Councillors pretned they’re ’not sure’ if there’s a need or not and if so whether they just ’dump the whole thing’ and wipe their hands. Let’s see what happens with that eh? If sanity rules there’ll be HEAPS more Elder Housing construction WITHOUT DELAY. Like I say, let’s see what happens eh?

Wiffel woffel

Posted on 23-01-2018 11:56 | By MISS ADVENTURE

What a load of drival it all is, Councillors have all but decided the answers that they want and who gets to name tag the boronze plagues on the monuments to stupid already.

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