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We Need To Talk

Opportunities to tell us your thoughts...
17/07/2020 12:00pm

We're currently reviewing some of the rules in our district and we want to know what you think. 

Responsible freedom camping

Mayor Toby Adams says proposed changes include introducing two new sites for responsible freedom camping in Waihi and creating no-go camping zones in other areas, such as most of the Wharekawa Coast.

 “We want to encourage responsible freedom camping in our district by providing suitable locations that are set up to cater for this,” he said.

 “For instance, at the moment there’s no specific area for freedom camping in Waihi, so we’re hoping to create an area for this in the carpark between Mueller and Haszard Streets and at the Morgan Park carpark on Kenny Street. But first we want to know what our communities think.”

Five bylaws and policies are under the microscope

Other rules under review include ensuring buildings are safe for use, thresholds for seeking community feedback before decision making, and the District’s gambling rules, which the we hope to keep pretty much the same.

Continue with sinking lid policy for gambling machines

“We want to continue with a sinking lid policy, where no new gaming machines are allowed in our district and any machines that are removed can’t be replaced. This way we’ll slowly reduce the overall numbers of machines over time,” the Mayor said.

 “Overall, we think it’s doing the job we wanted it to do so we’re not proposing any major changes.”

New rules for vehicle crossings proposed

We're also looking at introducing some new rules to ensure vehicle crossings are safe for other users of shared spaces (such as a mobility scooter on a footpath).

There's a few ways to tell us what you think

If you want to write to us:

If you want to talk to us:

  • contact an Elected Member to discuss your thoughts. View their contact details.
  • contact us to book in to speak to the Council at a hearing in Paeroa on 9 September 2020, or tick the box on the feedback form to show us you’re keen to attend. We’ll contact you closer to the date of the hearing to arrange a time for you to share your thoughts with the Elected Members.
  • give us a call and speak with a member of the strategic planning team – we can draft your feedback into a written statement and we’ll provide you with a copy.
Feedback closes on 17 August

To read more about each proposed change and to provide feedback on the proposed changes before 17 August 2020 head to our We Need to Talk website