Community forums a chance for Waiheke residents to connect with their local council


Community forums give residents of Waiheke more opportunities to engage with their local board of directors.

The Waiheke Local Council has held monthly community forums with the aim of increasing their in-depth understanding of local issues. At the same time, participants can increase their understanding of the role of the board, its responsibilities and the rationale for board decisions made at business meetings.

Local council president Cath Handley says the monthly community forums have proven to be effective and that the council is inviting more community members to get involved.

“Our community forums are designed to improve communication and build better connections between the board and our communities. These are two-way conversations about issues that residents and groups wish to bring to our consideration. We had excellent discussions on topics that would not necessarily be presented to us in our public forum during business meetings.

Open to the public, forums are not where decisions are made, but where the community can hear discussions about particular projects and updates and present to the board to provide feedback and ideas.

“Community forums are where residents can raise issues and concerns and be heard.

“I hope more Waiheke residents take this opportunity to come and hear about the exciting things happening across the island, or to get involved and increase their engagement with the board,” said the President Handley.

How do community forums work?

The local council of Waiheke holds community forums on the second Wednesday of each month, from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the local council office, 10 Belgium Street, Ostend.

Anyone can speak to the board of directors at a community forum, as long as the question relates to a function of the local council in Waiheke. The forum also provides an opportunity to provide feedback on agenda items for the council workshop.

Learn more about how community forums work in our website.

The next community forum is Wednesday June 09, 2021. There will be no community forum in July as the Waiheke local council will be on vacation at that time.

To request a presentation or to request more information on the community forums, contact [email protected]

Business talks

The governance structure of the Waiheke Local Council remains unchanged with all decisions made at business meetings, which are open to the public.

Business meetings are held monthly at the Waiheke Local Council office starting at 5:15 p.m. Visit our website for more information on upcoming business meetings and for more information on the Waiheke Local Council.


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