Public consultation

We love to hear what you think. We regularly consult with our residents, ratepayers and the wider community to make sure your views are heard. It’s important that you are involved in important decisions we’re making about issues that may affect you.

Formal consultations open for feedback

Class 4 Gaming Machines and TAB Venues Policy Review (closes 5 pm, 8 October 2023)

Take a look at the current road safety consultations

Closed consultations

Less Waste Greater Place The Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (closed 1 September 2023)

Speed Management Plan 2023-2030 (closed 12 June 2023)

Draft Annual Plan consultation (closed 12 May 2023)

Titahi Bay Reserve Management Plans (closed 28 March 2023)

The future of Tireti Hall (closed 12 March 2023)

About public consultation

We often use formal consultation to invite the community’s views and responses to initiatives, strategies and plans we have for Porirua City. Consultation helps us inform people about any actions we may take and gather their feedback. This is usually done through public meetings and meetings with resident associations, businesses and community groups, as well as by receiving written and oral submissions.

For some important decisions, we are legally required to follow certain principles and a “special consultative procedure”: Local Government Act 2002.

We have to follow these principles and procedure before we:

  • adopt a Long-term Plan or Annual Plan 
  • amend a Long-term Plan 
  • adopt, revoke, review or amend a bylaw 
  • transfer a significant activity (for example, from the council to a council-controlled organisation or from a council-controlled organisation to a private sector organisation) – unless it is already provided for in a Long-term Plan. 

This procedure is considered the minimum we must do to consult the community and get feedback. We may also use the procedure for other proposals or decisions, so that the community can be involved and share their views.

Read about the Special consultative procedure.

  1. Prepare a statement about the proposed decision or course of action. The statement may be distributed to the community or inspected at our offices, and will be included on the agenda of a council meeting. 
  2. Publish a public notice in local newspapers about the proposal and the consultation we’re undertaking. 
  3. Receive submissions. We acknowledge all written submissions and give a fair opportunity for people to make an oral submission. 
  4. Discuss the proposal at a public meeting. 
  5. Follow up by providing submitters with a copy of the decision and summary of the reasons for it.